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  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Brass, with repoussé

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

By the early 16th century, brass dishes became greater in diameter, the depressions shallower and the flanges of the rims correspondingly wider. Pictorial themes continued to be used in decoration but the wider bases afforded scope for an increasing use of abstract decoration. A central motif might be bounded by one or two concentric bands of decoration of either interlaced scroll-like waves or lettering. This was not necessarily embossed with punches in the traditional manner but was often cast in the mould at an earlier stage in manufacturer. On this 16th-century dish the design is repoussé, a type of embossing in which the object is hammered from the back to create a design in relief.

The centre of this dish is divided into four compartments, each filled with a vase. The whole ornament is surrounded by two bands of floral scrollwork.

The production of brass bowls was centred in Nuremberg but not exclusively. Other centres of brass production were Dinant in Flanders and its surrounding area, from Bouvignes to Aachen, where this dish probably originated. Techniques and styles were copied with equal facility everywhere so that today it is difficult to assign a place of manufacture within northern Europe to any dish produced during the 16th and 17th centuries. One reason for this is that dishes exported form this area provided prototypes for others to follow.

Physical description

The centre of the dish is divided into four compartments, each filled in with a vase. This ornamental device is surrounded by two narrow bands of floral scrollwork.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


16th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Brass, with repoussé


Diameter: 17.125 in

Descriptive line

Brass dish in repoussé, with the centre divided into four compartments, each depicting a vase, German, 16th century





Subjects depicted

Vases; Floral scrolls




Metalwork Collection

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