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Brass alm dish with medaillons
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Ref : 80164
2 500 €
Period :
<= 16th century
Provenance :
South of Germany, Nuremberg
Medium :
Embossed brass
Dimensions :
Ø 16.14 inch
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Galerie Gabrielle Laroche

Haute Epoque Fine Art

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Brass alm dish with medaillons


Diameter : 41 cm

Embossed brass

This is in Belgium, in the city of Dinant during the 12th and 13th centuries, that the ‘copper beaters’ corporation transfers the name of the city to the brass-ware activity, « dinanderie ».

The word ‘dinanderie’ refers to works made of beaten metal (copper and brass), but can also be applied by extension to works made of cast metal (bronze and brass) produced by the same craftsmen.

From the beginning of the Middle Ages, the ‘dinandiers’ made religious objects like censers and aquamaniles, but it was especially from the fifteenth century onwards with the manufacturing of hammered brass dishes that this corporation gained considerable takeoff. The spreading of these dishes or basins henceforth called ‘alm dish’ then reached all of Christian Europe.

Throughout the fifteenth century and the sixteenth century, the trend for these ‘alm dishes’ with embossed decor will be spread all over Europe. They were produced in Germany, in Nuremberg especially for the most beautiful ones, in Central Europe and also in Northern Italy .

These dishes were not exclusively restricted to the service of worship, they could also be used as a reflector of light, or as a decorative element in private houses.

This beautiful alm dish matches perfectly the productions of the Nuremberg’s workshops.

Around the central medallion, a decor of radiant gadroons is framed by an gothic inscription treated in frieze and interrupted at the four cardinal points by a heraldic lion inscribed in a medallion.

The curved part of the alm dish is adorned of wide godroons in low relief.

The raised rim is dotted with lilies.

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