The Triumph of Wealth

Plaquette
1550-1600 (made)
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Sculpture, Room 111, The Gilbert Bayes Gallery
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Bronze
Brief Description
Bronze plaquette depicting the Triumph of Wealth, probably Netherlands, 1550-1600.
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.
Dimensions
  • Length: 128mm
  • Height: 70mm
Credit line
Given by Dr W. L. Hildburgh FSA
Subjects depicted
Summary
This plaquette belongs to a series of thirteen. Eamples of the series in silver have been found on contemporary mirror frames and cabinets.
Bibliographic References
  • 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.
Collection
Accession Number
A.43-1927

About this object record

Explore the Collections contains over a million catalogue records, and over half a million images. It is a working database that includes information compiled over the life of the museum. Some of our records may contain offensive and discriminatory language, or reflect outdated ideas, practice and analysis. We are committed to addressing these issues, and to review and update our records accordingly.

You can write to us to suggest improvements to the record.

Suggest Feedback

record createdNovember 19, 2004
Record URL