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Cicero Centred Alms Dish


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  • $3,024 US Dollar

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Cicero Centred Alms Dish

A Northern European hammered brass dish, German or Flemish, dating from 1550-1600, centred with a head of Cicero, (106-43 BC), the Roman statesman, lawyer, scholar, and writer, here surrounded by an inscription.
20.5 inches dia.
The subject matter usually found at the centre of these dishes fell into one of three categories: scenes from classical antiquity, themes from the Old or New Testaments, or allegorical figures personifying vices and virtues. A similar basin with exactly this design at its centre is in the collection of the V & A dated to circa 1500 (Museum No. M.126-1937) and we have a second example within our own stock, (Search number 2135). Primarily used in conjunction with a ewer and basin for ablutions before meals (essential before the 17th century and the arrival of the fork for eating) these dishes were often used as alms dishes when imported into England.


18th Century & Earlier

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111 Portobello Road,
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United Kingdom


Walpoles is an antiques business that has been established for more than 35 years with an extensive stock which can be divided into three broad themes: "The Army" encompassing colonial furniture and works of art, folk art of the British soldier as well as campaign furniture, pictures and objects of a military theme; "The Navy" covering fine and folk art associated with the British Royal and Merchant Navy fleets as well as fine art and objects that fall under a title of "The China Trade"; and finally there is an established core of furniture, pictures and works of art typical of "The English Country House".

Founded by Graham Walpole, the business first set up in Church Street, in London’s Marylebone, and by the end of the 1980s had moved to Westbourne Grove, from where they dealt until the turn of the last century. In 2004 Walpoles relocated to their home town of Greenwich and joined the British Antiques Dealers Association but now work from 111 Portobello Road. Please be aware that this shop is too small to show all of the stock on the website and that you should make an enquiry before your journey to ensure that the item in question is there for you to see. We are open every day, with the exception of Sundays, between the hours of 10 a.m. & 4 p.m., (Saturday 7.00 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

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