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Door knocker

Door knocker

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (Venice, made)

  • Date:

    middle of 16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This bronze door-knocker is made in Italy in the middle of the 16th century. It is decorated in the centre with a putto seated above a satyr-mask and between two lion-headed monsters.
The pobejct was bequeathed to the museum by George Salting (b. 1836; d. 1909). Salting - 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

In the centre is a putto seated above a satyr-mask between two lion-headed monsters.

Place of Origin

Italy (Venice, made)


middle of 16th century (made)



Materials and Techniques



Height: 22.6 cm, Width: 16.25 cm

Object history note

From the Salting bequest.

Descriptive line

Door knocker, bronze, putto seated between two dragons, Italy (Venice), mid 16th century



Subjects depicted

Mask; Satyr; Monsters; Boy; Putto


Bronze; Household objects; Metalwork; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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