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Door knocker

Door knocker

  • Place of origin:

    Venice (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1595 - ca. 1605 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Credit Line:

    Dr W.L. Hildburgh Bequest

  • Museum number:

    M.473-1956

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a Venetian bronze doorknocker made in ca. 1595-1605. The knocker bears the arms of Grimani of Venice surmounted by a Doge's cap. Marino Grimani was Doge from 1595 to 1605, and the knocker must therefore have been made between these years. The design does not relate particularly to another known type of doorknocker in Venice.

Physical description

The door knocker bears in the central cartouche the arms of Grimani of Venice surmounted by a Doge's cap. At the top is a large grotesque mask from the sides of which two scrolls in the form of inverted question-marks descend to join an escallop-shaped feature at the bottom. The strapwork is decorated with a design for overlapping discs. Two pierced lugs at the top of the back for attachment.

Place of Origin

Venice (made)

Date

ca. 1595 - ca. 1605 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Dimensions

Length: 33 cm, Width: 27.5 cm

Object history note

Given by Dr. W. L. Hildburgh, F. S. A., 1956.

Historical significance: The knocker bears the arms of Grimani of Venice surmounted by a Doge's cap. Marino Grimani was Doge from 1595 to 1605, and the knocker must therefore have been made between these years. The design does not relate particularly to another known type of doorknocker in Venice.

Descriptive line

Doorknocker, bronze, with the arms of Doge Marino Grimani, Italian (Venice), ca. 1595-1605

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

Burns, Howard, et al., Andrea Palladio 1508-1580: the Portico and the Farmyard, London: Arts Council of Great Britain, 1975.

Materials

Bronze

Subjects depicted

Scrolls; Arms; Grotesque mask

Categories

Bronze; Household objects; Sculpture; Royalty

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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