Object Title

Backplate

Backplate

Date

1559

Object Number

III.1338

Provenance

From the Norton Hall collection. Presented by the National Art-Collection Fund, 1942. Catalogued from store 1960.

Physical Description

Removed from II.145. Made in one piece. Broad shoulders and cusped at the waist. The turns have a knurled finish. The upper edge and three vertical bands which converge toward the waist are etched with a patten of clasped hands alternating with looped rings against a granular ground. Traces of gilding remain. Probably from an armour of Emmanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy (1528-80).

Dimensions

Dimensions: Height: * cm ( 15.5 in), Weight: kg ( 3 lb 13 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

none

Associations

Bibliographic References

A.R. Dufty and W. Reid, European Armour in the Tower of London, 1968, plate CXVI.

Notes

Removed from II.145, together with a pauldron and a vambrace bearing the same decoration III.2505-6 and pair of heel plates, III.1183, III.1184, front main plate of the gorget III.3564. A reinforce for the left elbow with the same decoration is in the Museo Stibbert, Florence, Boccia 1975: 3, 81 no. 137, pl. 132, formerly in the Meyrick the Spitzer collecion (lot 78, Cripps-Day 1925: 78, fig. 45), exhibited in the Palazzio Vecchio Florence, Rossi 1938: 88, no. 37 (Stibbert no. N.1023). The rest of the arnmour is in the RealArmeria, Turin, no. B.34; called the armour of Rocco Guerini, conte de Lynar, in the 19th century, it was later ascribed by Thomas and Gamber to Emmanuel Philibert, see F Mazzini, L'Armeria reale di Torino, Busto Arsizio, 1982: 330-1, pl 26. The rear plate of the same armour was acquired in 2011, see III.1791.