- Museum number
Canopy of memorial brass, fragment; copper alloy; triangular in original form, now with left hand corner missing; five foliate crockets on right, two on left; central triangular element with quatrefoil bordered by trefoils; the lower element with a band of quatrefoils on black ground; below a trefoil; from the memorial brass of Peter de Lacy (d. 1375) at Northfleet, Kent.
- Production date
- 1375 (circa)
Length: 340 millimetres
Width: 275 millimetres
- Curator's comments
Part of 1922,1205.2-3
Text from Alexander & Binski 1987, see bibliography:
'This canopy is of a commonly found type, and it is very likely that other brasses may survive with identical canopy work intact; at least for the early fourteenth century, it has been shown that templates were used for such canopy work, for rubbings of parts of them can be superimposed exactly on them. The technique of engraving a brass was to sketch out the design on the metal and then, for the broader lines or recessed areas, to cut the outlines on either side with a sharp tracer; the brass between these lines could then be chiselled out. A burin, with triangular or rectangular section, was used where narrower lines were to be cut. The black filling of the ground in this fragment may be original: recessed areas on many brasses certainly were filled with black inlay of bitumen or pitch or, occasionally, coloured enamel or even glass, although it is rare for any of this to survive; the roughly worked areas were not intended to be seen.'
See also: Stephen Freeth, 'A list of Brasses in the British Museum', Transactions of the Monumental Brass Society, Volume XVI, Part 4, 2000-2001, p. 431.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1987-1988 6 Nov-6 Mar, London, Royal Academy of Arts, Age of Chivalry: Art in Plantagenet England 1200-1400
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number