Etched and gilt all over against a blued ground with repeating pattern of entwined laurel branches and knotted serpents, with birds and insects in the interspaces.
Suit of Armour of the Earl of Southampton by Unknown Artist, c. 1595
© Royal Armouries Museum
- Steel, leather, fabric lining
- Art Fund grant:
- £50,000 ( Total: £367,950; Export stopped)
- Acquired in:
Embellished with red velvet straps and borders picked out in gold thread.
Made for Henry Wriothesley, third Earl of Southampton. Sotheby's - Astor of Hever, Hever Castle sale.
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