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Gamespiece - Unknown man

Unknown man

  • Object:

    Gamespiece

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1550-1575 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Monogrammist DPC (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Turned boxwood

  • Museum number:

    238-1853

  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 111, The Gilbert Bayes Gallery, case DR20

This medallion entitled the 'Unknown Man' is of turned boxwood and made by an unknown artist in Germany ca. 1550-1575.

It depicts the portrait of a man and on the reverse it is branded with the monogram DPC.
It was probably part of a series of gamespieces. Habich thought the present piece and museum number 239-1853 were from a series of gamespieces, based on Renaissance medals, and all signed with a monogram made with a branding iron.

Physical description

The medallion depicts the bust of a man facing right, bearded, and wearing a broad-brimmed hat over a close caul.
The remains of a sealing wax stamp with a coat of arms imprinted on it are to be seen on the reverse.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)

Date

ca. 1550-1575 (made)

Artist/maker

Monogrammist DPC (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Turned boxwood

Marks and inscriptions

'DPC'
Monogram; Reverse; branding

Dimensions

Diameter: 50 mm

Object history note

Bought in 1853 for £1

Historical context note

Probably used as a gamespiece. Habich thought the present and museum number 239-1853 were from a series of gamespieces, based on Renaissance medals, and all signed with a monogram made with a branding iron.

Descriptive line

Unknown man, boxwood gamespiece by the Monogrammist DPC, Germany, ca. 1550-1575 ?

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

Trusted, Marjorie. German Renaissance Medals. A Catalogue of the Collection in the Victoria & Albert Museum. London: Victoria & Albert Museum, 1990, pp 124-125., cat.no: 195, ill.
Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1853. In: Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, Arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol I. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 43
Habich, catalog, II, II, p. 542, No. 3674 (not illus.)

Materials

Boxwood

Techniques

Turning

Subjects depicted

Bust

Categories

Games; Portraits; Sculpture; Medallions

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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