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Dish

  • Place of origin:

    Toledo (city) (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1550 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Franci, Juan (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver-gilt, enamel, chased and embossed

  • Credit Line:

    Dr W.L. Hildburgh Bequest

  • Museum number:

    M.379-1956

  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 69, The Whiteley Galleries, case 16

This Spanish dish would have been made for display. Around the rim are eight medallions with portrait heads. They depict Mars, the Roman god of war, and Roman emperors and empresses: Agrippina, Claudius I, Titus, Sabina, Livia, Augustus and Faustina the Younger. The central medallion with the crest of the Davalos or Nuevalos family (formerly enamelled) has been punctured with a hole, suggesting that a later family personalised the centre with their own coat of arms which has since been removed.

Physical description

Circular, rim decorated with eight embossed panels with chased masks and strapwork alternating with medallions with heads copied from Roman coins. Boss set with a medallion charged with a coat-of-arms (probably once enamelled).

Place of Origin

Toledo (city) (made)

Date

ca. 1550 (made)

Artist/maker

Franci, Juan (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver-gilt, enamel, chased and embossed

Marks and inscriptions

Crest: triple turreted tower

Under dish: maker's mark IV-N (rest illegible) for Juan Franci of Toledo

Dimensions

Diameter: 28.00 cm, Height: 2.50 cm

Object history note

Acquisition RF: 55/4478A
Dr WL Hildburgh FSA Bequest

A hole has been pierced through the medallion shattering the enamelled tinctures. The arms are a triple-turreted tower within a bordure componee argent and gules. These might be the arms of Davolos or of Nuevalos.
Possibly a ewer originally sat over the central roundel. The hole in the middle suggests a later roundel was added which is now lost (the enamel is abraded).

Descriptive line

Spain. Toledo. Mark of Juan Franci. About 1550; Silver, Continental

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

The Golden Age of Hispanic Silver 1400-1665, Charles Oman, Pg.63, pl.80, HMSO, 1968

Labels and date

Silver Gallery:
Along the rim are eight medallions with portrait heads showing the God Mars and Roman Emperors and Empresses. Agrippina, Claudius I, Titus, Sabina, Livia, Augustus and Faustina the Younger. The hole perforating the central medallion, with the once enamelled crest of the Davalos or Nuevalos family, suggests that a later family personalised the centre with their coat of arms which has since been removed. [26/11/2002]

Categories

Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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