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Spout - Spout in the form of a Dragon with two Putti

Spout in the form of a Dragon with two Putti

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Italy (probably Venice, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1550-1600 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze, cast and chased

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This spout in the form of a female dragon with two putti is made in Italy, probably in Venice, in the mid 16th century. The spout was possibly from a pair of bellows.
The object came to the museum through the Salting bequest. George Salting (b. 1836; d. 1909) - an Australian, who settled in England - was a prolific collector in a number of areas, including Chinese and Japanese ceramics and European art. By 1874 his collection had outgrown his residence in St. James's Street, prompting him to lend items to the South Kensington Museum. After his death in 1909, the majority of this astonishing collection passed to the V&A, where it was shown in its own galleries.

Physical description

Spout in the form of a female dragon with two putti supporting a shield.

Place of Origin

Italy (probably Venice, made)


ca. 1550-1600 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Bronze, cast and chased


Width: 11.5 cm Object, Depth: 10.5 cm Object, Height: 23 cm Object, Width: 6.5 cm Base (wooden), Depth: 11 cm Base (wooden), Height: 2 cm Base (wooden)

Object history note

From the Salting bequest.

Historical context note

Possibly the spout from a pair of bellows.

Descriptive line

Spout in the form of a Dragon with two Putti, bronze, Italy (probably Venice), ca. 1550-1600



Subjects depicted

Putti; Monster; Spout


Bronze; Household objects; Metalwork; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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