Offered by Floris van Wanroij Fine Art
Old master painting, sculpture & works of art from the Haute Epoque period
Baroque, middle of the 17th Century, dated '1653'
Medal on the Death of Admiral Maarten Harpertszoon Tromp (1598-1653)
Silver, consisting of two chased ‘plaquette’ plates, soldered together
Diameter 75 mm.
Obverse: Bust of Admiral Tromp, possibly after a portrait by Jan Lievens, three quarters facing, wearing the Order of St. Michael, in very high relief. Surrounded by a laurel wreath, various military emblems and trophies, underneath a crown supported by two Putti with trumpets. Lower middle a banner, flanked by two cannons, inscribed: ‘myn hert en handt was voor het Landt’ (my heart and hand were for the Fatherland).
Reverse: A naval scene with two men-or-war ships at close range, one Dutch the other English, and a ship sinking in the foreground. Within a pearled border inscribed: ‘Waarom doet muller Tromp door kunst van gout en silver leeven: om dat hy’d yser eew door krygsdeugd heeft verdreven. obyt den 10 aug: 1653’ (Why does the art of muller make Tromp live in gold and silver: because his valor has removed from us the age of iron. died on 10 August 1653).
Private collection, United Kingdom
Frederiks, J.W. (1943 ). De meesters der plaquette-penningen. The Hague, p. 41, ill. 125, 127, cat.nr. 1, 1;
Loon, G. van (1726). Beschryving der Nederlandsche Historipenningen. The Hague: Chr. van Lom, Vol. II, p. 376