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door-knocker

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    WB.3

  • Description

    Bronze door-knocker in the form of a naked figure of Neptune standing on a shell between two sea-horses with dolphin-like tails covered in acanthus leaves and curving upwards to meet the head of the god; their tails support a crowned shield with the three fleurs-de-lis of France differenced by a bend.

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  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1550-1580 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 40 centimetres (flat)
    • Height: 38 centimetres (standing)
    • Width: 30 centimetres
    • Depth: 23.5 centimetres
    • Weight: 11273 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    Provenance: Baron Anselm von Rothschild, Vienna, by 1866 (cat no. 173), by inheritance to his son Baron Ferdinand Rothschild (d. 1898).

    Commentary: There are many versions (although none feature a shield) but the closest comparisons are:-Harvard Art Museum (Fogg Museum), inv. no. 1953.41 attributed to Alessandro Vittoria, formerly in the collection of Nathaniel de Rothschild, and National Trust Collections online, inv. no. 514968 (at Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire) after Alessandro Vittoria.

    Bibliography: Charles Hercules Read, 'The Waddesdon Bequest: Catalogue of the Works of Art bequeathed to the British Museum by Baron Ferdinand Rothschild, M.P., 1898', London, 1902, no. 3; O.M. Dalton, 'The Waddesdon Bequest', 2nd edn (rev), British Museum, London, 1927, no.3; J.Warren, "Sculpture in the Waddesdon Bequest", in P.Shirley and D.Thornton, eds.,The Waddesdon Bequest, a new look, London 2017, p.86.

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  • Bibliography

    • Read 1902 3 bibliographic details
    • Dalton 1927 3 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G2a/dc1

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1898

  • Acquisition notes

    This collection is known as the Waddesdon Bequest under the terms of Baron Ferdinand Rothschild’s will.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    WB.3

Bronze door-knocker resembling a naked figure of Neptune standing on a shell between two sea-horses with dolphin-like tails covered in acanthus leaf and curving upwards to meet head of the god; tails support a crowned shield with the three fleur-de-lis of

Bronze door-knocker resembling a naked figure of Neptune standing on a shell between two sea-horses with dolphin-like tails covered in acanthus leaf and curving upwards to meet head of the god; tails support a crowned shield with the three fleur-de-lis of

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