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Plaquette - Fire


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Nuremburg (made)

  • Date:

    1610-1620 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Enderlein, Caspar, born 1560 - died 1633 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cast lead

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 111, The Gilbert Bayes Gallery, case DR18

The art of plaquette making emerged in the south, in Nuremberg and Augsburg, about 1510–20. The plaquettes had the same multiple purpose as their Italian predecessors. They were used mainly by goldsmiths and in bronze foundries, but also by cabinetmakers. The models were carved in wood, stone, slate and wax, then reproduced in bronze and lead.

Enderlein was a gem-carver and specialist in pewter. Most of his work is based on pewter decoration by François Briot. He copied it in the soft Solnhofen stone and then made his own plaquettes from these stone models.

Physical description

Oval cast lead plaquette depicting a subject emblematic of fire. On the left is a seated figure of Ignis in the garb of an antique warrior with cuirass, mantle and helmet. In his left hand are thunderbolts and in his right a sword; at his feet a salamander and in the background, a burning city; below 'IGNIS'.

Place of Origin

Nuremburg (made)


1610-1620 (made)


Enderlein, Caspar, born 1560 - died 1633 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Cast lead

Marks and inscriptions



Diameter: 98 mm

Object history note

Bought, £2.

Descriptive line

Plaquette, Ccast lead, depicting a subject emblematic of fire, by Caspar Enderlein, South Germany (Nuremburg), 17th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum in the Years 1905 - 1908. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum, During the Year 1907, Arranged According to the Dates of Acquisition with Appendix and Indices. London: Printed for His Majesty's Stationery Office, by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Limited, 1909, p. 169





Subjects depicted

Mantle; Cuirass; Warrior; Thunderbolt; Salamander; City; Helmet


Sculpture; Plaques & Plaquettes


Sculpture Collection

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