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  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    17th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Sheet iron and wrought iron, painted and gilded

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ironwork, Room 114c, case 11N

Physical description

Aumbry door, sheet iron within a framework of wrought iron bars. The flowers are picked out in different colours. Traces of black, brown, gold leaf, yellow oil size, off-white, pale blue, yellow brown size, red glaze, orange red, crimson red, scarlet red, cream, green glaze, green, white and rust.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


17th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Sheet iron and wrought iron, painted and gilded


Height: 70 cm, Width: 55 cm, Depth: 6 cm

Descriptive line

Ironwork aumbry door, sheet iron with wrought iron bars, painted and gilded, vase with flowers picked out in colours, made in Italy, 17th century

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

Pl.4, p.10
Gardner, John Starkie. Ironwork. Part 2: Continental ironwork of the renaissance and later periods. London, 1896.
Griggs, W. Iron work : 53 plates, from objects and drawings in the South Kensington Museum, reproduced by W. Griggs. London : W. Griggs & Sons Ltd., 1898.
Pl.36, p.82
Zimelli, Umberto and Giovanni Vergerio. Il Ferro Battuto. Milan, 1966.
Encyclopaedia of Ironwork: Examples of hand wrought iron from the Middle Ages to the end of the Eighteenth century. 1927. Pl.129.
Höver, Otto. Das Eisenwerk: Die Kunstformen des Schmiedeeisens vom Mittelalter bis zum ausgang des 18 Jahrhunderts. Tubingen, 1961.
Lister, R. Art in Iron. pp.113-116.

Labels and date

Wrought and sheet iron, painted and gilded
Italy; 17th century

This door probably enclosed a recess or cupboard for sacramental vessels - called an aumbry - in the wall of a church. Traces of a variety of colours including pale blue, red, green and white, as well as the gilding still visible, have been found on the door.

The design and techniques used are typical of 17th and 18th-century Lombardy blacksmiths, especially the use of sheet iron within a framework of wrought iron bars. There is a similar panel on the opposite wall of the Gallery.

Museum No. 486-1895 [07/1994]


Wrought iron; Sheet metal


Forging (metal forming); Painting (coating); Gilding

Subjects depicted

Vases; Flowers


Metalwork; Religion; Christianity; Ironwork


Metalwork Collection

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