Vamplate (Hand Defense on a Lance) of Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria
Made by Wolfgang Groszschedel, German (active Greenwich, England and Landshut, Bavaria), first documented 1517/18, Landshut from 1521, died 1562, possibly in collaboration with Franz Groszschedel, German (Landshut), active c. 1555 - 1580. Thought to have been made for Emperor Ferdinand I, 1503 - 1564, ruled 1558 - 1564.
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This vamplate belongs to a group of elaborate armors commissioned for a tournament that took place in Vienna in 1560. Wolfgang Grosschedel and his son, Franz, two leading German specialists working in the distinguished armor-making center of Landshut, made the group. However, as is so often the case, the artists who etched the elegant floral scrolls remain nameless.
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