• Arms & Armour auction at Christies

    Sale 5863

    Arms & Armour

    30 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 50

    AN EXCEPTIONAL MINIATURE FULL ARMOUR BY PETER WROE, MODELLED ON A MILANESE ARMOUR OF CIRCA 1453-56, IN TURN FORMING THE MODEL FOR THE TOMB EFFIGY OF RICHARD BEAUCHAMP, EARL OF WARWICK (1382-1439)

    Price Realised  

    AN EXCEPTIONAL MINIATURE FULL ARMOUR BY PETER WROE, MODELLED ON A MILANESE ARMOUR OF CIRCA 1453-56, IN TURN FORMING THE MODEL FOR THE TOMB EFFIGY OF RICHARD BEAUCHAMP, EARL OF WARWICK (1382-1439)
    Correctly articulated and leathered throughout, including armet with reinforcing-bevor, the visor moving on hinged pivots, breast- and back-plates of two- and three-part construction respectively, full arm and leg defences, the left leg carrying the parcel-gilt Garter of The Most Noble Order of The Garter, detachable spurs with rotating rowels, rondel dagger, arming sword, the pommel bearing the enamelled badge and quartered arms of the Earls of Warwick, and on its figural stand with carved painted face
    23 7/8in (60.7cm)


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    Literature:

    Lionello G. Boccia, Le Armature di S. Maria delle Grazie di Curtatone di Mantova e L'Armatura Lombarda del '400, 1982, plates 78-79 and 192 A-B.

    For an account of the design and construction of the tomb of Richard Beauchamp, Ear of Warwick, see Gothic Art for England 1400-1547, ed. Richard Marks and Paul Williamson, London, Victoria & Albert Museum publications, 2003, catalogue no.87.
    An identical armour by Peter Wroe was made for The Royal Armouries in 1972 and became the subject of a publicity poster for the Armouries.

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