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Plaquette - Cupids Dancing

Cupids Dancing

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1500-1600 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

This is a lead palquette, made in Germany in about 1500-1600, depicting dancing cupids.
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. Lead models such as this were used by goldsmiths for the silver-gilt decoration of mirror frames or small caskets.

Physical description

Cupids dancing in low relief.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


1500-1600 (made)



Materials and Techniques



Height: 3.7 cm, Length: 8.5 cm

Object history note

Formerly in the Tross Collection. 140 medals and reliefs were purchased from M. Henri Tross of Paris for £500 by J.C. Robinson for the Museum in 1867.

Descriptive line

Plaquette, lead, Cupids dancing, Germany, ca. 1500-1600

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

Inventory of Art Objects acquired in the Year 1867. Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol. 1. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 26
Bange, E. F. Der Meister mit dem Blattfries. Jahrbuch der Preußischen Kunstsammlungen. 1937, p. 285, ill. 5
Weber, Ingrid. Deutsche, niederländische und französische Renaissanceplaketten : 1500 - 1650.München: Bruckmann, 1975, no. 75-1530




Low relief

Subjects depicted



Coins & Medals; Sculpture; Myths & Legends; Plaques & Plaquettes


Sculpture Collection

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