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Plaquette - The Triumph of Wealth

The Triumph of Wealth

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Netherlands (southern, made)

  • Date:

    1550-1600 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr W. L. Hildburgh FSA

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 111, The Gilbert Bayes Gallery, case DR19

This plaquette belongs to a series of thirteen. Eamples of the series in silver have been found on contemporary mirror frames and cabinets.

Physical description

Bronze plaquette depicting the triumph of Wealth. The car of Wealth (Opulentia) proceeds to the left drawn by two horses (Rapina et Fraus) their trappings ornamented with masks. Wealth is represented as a woman, holding crown and sceptre amid bags of money. Below her sits Pride (Superbia) with headress and looking glass. Deceit (Dolus) raises his whip and holds the reins. Beyond the horses on the left is Usury with two bags of gold. In the foreground on the right are Lust (Libido) and Treachery (Proditio) with their emblems. They are followed by false joy (Vana Laetitia) blowing soap bubbles, and the two false Pleasures (Vanae Voluptates) bearing a book and a vase.

Place of Origin

Netherlands (southern, made)


1550-1600 (made)



Materials and Techniques



Length: 128 mm, Height: 70 mm

Descriptive line

Bronze plaquette depicting the Triumph of Wealth, probably Netherlands, 1550-1600.

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

Cf. Braun. E. W. ed. Die deutschen Renaissanceplaketten der Sammlung Alfred Walcher Ritter von Molthein in Wien. Wien: Schroll, 1918. no. 110. pl. XXIII.
Cf. Bange, E. F. ed. Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Die Bildwerke des Deutschen Museums. Zweitter Band. Die Bildwerke in Bronze und in Anderen Metallen. Berlin and Leipzig, 1923. no. 1487.



Subjects depicted

Pride; Wealth; Sceptres; Crowns (headdresses)


Sculpture; Coins & Medals


Sculpture Collection

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