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Cantle Plate

Augsburg, Bavaria
German, Augsburg
H. 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm); W. 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm); Wt. 2 lb. 7 oz. (1114 g)
Equestrian Equipment-Saddles
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1921
Accession Number:
Not on view
This cantle plate was part of a large garniture made in Augsburg in 1563 for Wolfgang von Zweibrücken-Veldenz (1526–1569), Count Palatine of the Rhine. The remainder of the garniture, readily identifiable owing to its distinctive decoration, is today divided among museums in Saint Petersburg, Paris, and Brussels. The garniture comprises two armors for man; a complete bard, including two shaffrons; and two saddles.
Ex. Coll.: Armory of the Counts Palatine of the Rhine, Neuberg Castle, Bavaria; Robert Curzon, Baron Zouche of Haryngworth, Parham, Pulborough, SussexBaroness Zouche of Haryngworth, Parham, Pulborough, and Sussex (until 1919; her sale, Sotheby's, London, November 10, 1920, no. 88, to George Fabian Lawrence or 'Williams' (?) for MMA).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Armored Horse in Europe," February 15, 2005–January 15, 2006, no. 37.

Gille, Florent A., and Alois Gustav Rockstuhl. Musée De Tzarskoe-Selo, Ou, Collection D'armes Du Sa Majesté L'empereur De Toutes Les Russies. St. Petersburg: Velten, 1835–1853. pl. 115–116 (other parts of the same garniture, illustrated).

Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge. Catalogue of a Selected Portion of the Renowned Collections of Armour and Weapons Formed by Robert Curzon (1810–1873) Fourteenth Baron Zouche of Haryngworth... and Now the Propoerty of the Right Hon. Baroness Zouche of Haryngworth. London: Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, November 10–11, 1920. no. 88.

Dean, Bashford. "Recent Sales of Armor." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 16, no. 9 (September 1921). p. 191, ill.

Gessler, Eduard A. "Dolchstreitkolbein, Waffen oder Amtsabzeichen." Zeitschrift für Historische Waffen- und Kostümkunde (1940). pp. 43, 47 (this garniture discussed).

Reitzenstein, Alexander von. "Die Harnische der Neuburger Rüstkammer." Zeitschrift für Historische Waffen- und Kostümkunde 16, n.s.v.7 (1940). pp. 43, 47 (this garniture discussed).

Pyhrr, Stuart W., Donald J. La Rocca, and Dirk H. Breiding. The Armored Horse in Europe, 1480–1620. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005. pp. 67–68, no. 37, ill.

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