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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Silver, Room 69, The Whiteley Galleries

This object consists of 2 parts, some of which may be located elsewhere.

The Last Supper

Plaque
ca. 1615 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This plaque was probably part of a house altar and is composed of many separately made parts. The figures of Christ and his disciples and the various vessels and plates on the table--all modelled on contemporary Augsburg designs--have all been separately formed and attached. The holes in the plaque show where others have been lost.

Matthaüs Wallbaum was born in Kiel in northern Germany but became one of the most important Augsburg goldsmiths of his time. He evidently ran a large workshop employing many craftsmen. The backs and attachments of the disciples on this plaque are engraved with their names spelt in Spanish rather than German, although these may be a later addition.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Plaque
  • Fragments
Materials and Techniques
Silver, parcel-gilt, engraved
Physical Description
Large last supper plaque with background table and floor made of 5 plates with most of the figures numbered and engraved with the name of the person represented in an 18th century hand. Most of the names of Spanish form.
Marks and Inscriptions
town mark of Augsburg; maker's mark of Matthaüs Wallbaum
Gallery Label
Silver Gallery: This plaque was probably part of a house altar and is composed of many separately made parts. The figures of Christ and the disciples and the various vessels and plates on the table - all modelled on contemporary Augsburg designs - have all been separately formed and attached. The holes in the plaque show where others have been lost. Matthias Wallbaum was born in Kiel in northern Germany but became one of the most important Augsburg goldsmiths of his time. He evidently ran a large workshop employing many craftsmen. The backs and attachments of the disciples on this plaque are engraved with their names spelt in Spanish rather than German, although these may be a later addition.(26/11/2002)
Credit line
Dr W.L. Hildburgh Bequest
Object history
Acquisition RF: 55/4478a

Bequest Dr. W. L. Hildburgh, F.S.A.





Includes contempory vessal types on table. Similar plaque noted in "Cutlery in search of a collector" " silver plaques Apollo 1949 ANON
Summary
This plaque was probably part of a house altar and is composed of many separately made parts. The figures of Christ and his disciples and the various vessels and plates on the table--all modelled on contemporary Augsburg designs--have all been separately formed and attached. The holes in the plaque show where others have been lost.



Matthaüs Wallbaum was born in Kiel in northern Germany but became one of the most important Augsburg goldsmiths of his time. He evidently ran a large workshop employing many craftsmen. The backs and attachments of the disciples on this plaque are engraved with their names spelt in Spanish rather than German, although these may be a later addition.
Collection
Accession Number
M.469-1956

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record createdFebruary 9, 2004
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