8 July 1999
A GERMAN HAND-PAVISE
Late 15th/early 16th Century
Oblong with rounded corners and with a broad central gutter, of wood lined with hide, the front covered with gesso painted with a black eagle displayed charged on the breast with a white and black lozengy shield, all against an ochre ground covered with lighter dots and with a red border at the top, the interior with original iron suspension staples and T-shaped wood and leather hand grip (perhaps later) held by modern screws
27 in. (69.9 cm.) high
Rothschild inv. no. LR346.
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O. Gamber and C. Beaufort, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Wien. Katalog der Leibrstkammer, I, Busto Arsizio, 1990, p. 199.
Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum, inv. no. A 2286, from 1967.
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