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  • Place of origin:

    Germany (probably, made)

  • Date:

    early 16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Brass, embossed and stamped

  • 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. This dish is decorated with the arms of the Medici and Girardini families of Venice.

The production of brass bowls was centred in Nuremberg, from where this dish may have originated, though it was not the only place to produce brass pieces of this sort. Other centres of brass production were Dinant in Flanders and its surrounding area, from Bouvignes to Aachen. 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.

Physical description

Dish set with silver print, with the arms of the Medici and Girardini of Venice. The print is surrounded by a band of spiral gadrooning, next is a band of stamped roundels and a stamped arcade is around the edge of the rim.

Place of Origin

Germany (probably, made)


early 16th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Brass, embossed and stamped


Diameter: 17 in

Descriptive line

Brass dish decorated with the arms of Medici and Girardini, Italian, early 16th century




Embossed; Stamped

Subjects depicted

Arms; Gadrooning; Roundels




Metalwork Collection

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