Object Title

Breastplate

Breastplate

Date

1470-1499

Object Number

III.4739

Provenance

Purchased 27 January 2004 from Andrew Lumley. From a private collection in Germany. From the armoury of the Knights of St John on Rhodes, acquired by the Paris dealer Bachereau about 1900. Purchased about 1920 by Luigi Marzoli, Brecia. (verbal information from Andrew Lumley).

Physical Description

It is of rounded form with a slight medial ridge. The neck and arm edges have boxed outward turns, though these are almost completely lacking on the right and quite extensively damaged at the left and neck. At the waist is a narrow flange, with two rivet holes for the original and a subsequent fauld at either side, the inner (earlier) pair having broken out. The exterior is very corroded, and all the edges except the right side are damaged. There are numerous holes in the body of the piece, and a crack through to the right arm edge. Corrosion has also caused the metal to laminate. Low at the left of centre is an iron plug, where a hole has been filled. The piece was never pierced with holes for a lance rest.

Materials

Dimensions

Dimensions: height 335 mm, width 332 mm Weight: 1020 g

Inscriptions and Marks

None.

Associations

Notes

This is closely comparable to Museum of the Order of St John, London no. 2632, Metropolitan Museum of Art no. 29.150.84 and Cleveland Museum of Art no. 19.63, all from Rhodes. This example is intesresting as it is in unrestored condition. (Karcheski and Richardson 2000 nos 4.29, 4.26, 4.25)