Wall plaque

On display

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 of Turkish arms and a figure of an wreathed woman with flail, and a putto drumming, perhaps representing Victory. The plaque is set with two saucers, enamelled in colours and gilt, each with a battle scene surrounded by four vignettes.


  • Title

    Wall plaque

  • Artist/maker

    after Georg Philipp Rugendas, I (1666 - 1742) (printer)
  • Associated place

    Augsburg (place of creation)
    Vienna (probable) (probable place of creation)
  • Date

    c. 1840 - 1900
  • Material and technique

    mother-of pearl, enamel, gold; carved

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    max 31 cm (height)
    max 41 cm (width)
  • No. of items


  • Credit line

    Bequeathed by Michael Wellby, 2012.

  • Museum location

    Second floor | Gallery 53 | European Goldsmiths' Work
  • Museum department

    Western Art

  • Accession no.


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Further reading

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)

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