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Decorative wall plaque. The plaque is formed as a lozenge-shape with ellaborately scrolling outline and shells at either side. It is assembled from numerous pieces of mother-of-pearl, carved and engraved. On the reverse, the component pieces make up an elaborate geometrical design and there is a slot to allow the plaque to be hung up. The front is enriched with gold reliefs, including trophies and a figure of a helmeted woman with sword and torch, and a putto with trumpet and garland, presumably respresenting Fame. The plaque is set with two saucers, enamelled in colours and gilt, each with a battle scene surrounded by four vignettes.
Artist/makerafter Georg Philipp Rugendas, I (1666 - 1742) (printmaker)
Datec. 1720 mother-of-pearl setting and gold relief or c. 1840 - 1900; 1705 - 1710 enamels
c. 1840 - 1900
Material and technique
mother-of-pearl, enamel, gold; carved
Dimensionsmax 40.7 cm (width)
max 31.1 cm (height)
No. of items
Bequeathed by Michael Wellby, 2012.
Museum locationSecond floor | Gallery 53 | European Goldsmiths' Work
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Weinhold, Ulrike, Emailmalerei: an Augsburger Goldschmiedearbeiten von 1650 bis 1750 (Deutscher Kunstverlag, Munich, 2000), 91
Wilson, Timothy, Winterbottom, Matthew, Treasures of the Goldsmith's Art: The Michael Wellby Bequest to the Ashmolean Museum (Ashmolean Museum University of Oxford, 2015)