Overall (confirmed): 5/8 x 7 3/4 in., 8 oz. 16 dwt. (1.6 x 19.7 cm, 0.273kg)
Gift of C. Ruxton Love Jr., 1965
Not on view
The fine engraving on this set of plates (65.260.1–.12) depicts scenes from the Old Testament. The engraver, who must have been trained on the Continent, based his compositions on illustrations in a Concordance to the Bible, improvising where necessary to fill in the circular frame offered by the plates. The plates and a related piece engraved with a portrait of Queen Elizabeth I must have been made as a gift to or from the queen herself.
Signature: (underneath figure of Jacob) PM (engraved)
Inscription: Each letter separately struck with a die, not engraved. (on top of rim) HIC SAXO POSITIS HVMERIS DEFESSVS IACOB SCALAS COELIGENAS SCANDERE SOEPE VIDET. (on lower part of rim) INNIXVMQVE DEVM SCALIS, PROMISSA SVPERNE FIRMANTEM, ATQVE AMPLAS POSTERITATIS OPES. "Here, his shoulders laid on the rock, the exhausted Jacob sees angels frequently climb the ladder and [he sees] God, leaning down the ladder, confirming promises from above and [promising] great numbers of descendants."
(in scene) GE 28 (refers to Genesis and chapter), (mark die-struck) (above scene) 8, (engraved)
Marking: Struck at right of upper inscription, upside down: numeral 13 in shield, fleur-de-lis above, 17th century Strasbourg mark
Anselm Salomon von Rothschild , Vienna (by 1866) ; by descent, Baron Alphonse de Rothschild ; C. Ruxton Love, Jr. (until 1965; to MMA)