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  • Plaquette
    Cobaert, Jacob Cornelisz, born 1535 - died 1615
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  • Place of origin:

    Italy (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1590-1610 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cobaert, Jacob Cornelisz, born 1535 - died 1615 (sculptor)
    Porta, Guglielmo della (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Purchased by the John Webb Trust

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This plaquette depicting a Bacchanalian scene was probably made by Jakob Cornelisz Cobaert (active 1568-1615) in Rome, in about 1590-1610. This was made after a design by Guglielmo della Porta 9active 1531-1577).

Physical description

Bronze plaquette depicting a Bacchanalian scene. The drunken Silenus mounted on an ass enters from the right supported and accompanied by followers and musicians; a satyr in the middle foreground tethers his ass to a tree. In the left foreground a bearded man raises the skirt of a protesting nymph. The middle and far distance are filled with undraped and partially draped nymphs pursued by Silenus' followers.

Place of Origin

Italy (probably, made)


1590-1610 (made)


Cobaert, Jacob Cornelisz, born 1535 - died 1615 (sculptor)
Porta, Guglielmo della (designer)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 12.5 cm, Width: 20.2 cm

Descriptive line

Bronze plaquette depicting a Bacchanalian scene, probably by J C Cobaert, Italo-Flemish, 1590-1610

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

Ivoires du musée du Louvre 1480-1850; une collection inédite. Paris, 2005. p. 114.
Cf. Planiscig, L. Die Estensische Kunstsammlung. Wien, 1919. no. 398.
Victoria and Albert Museum, Review of the Principal Acquisitions During the Year 1929. London. p. 6.

Subjects depicted

Ass (animal); Nymphs; Satyrs


Sculpture; Coins & Medals; Drinking; Myths & Legends


Sculpture Collection

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