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Reference:6473 Ercole II d'Este, 4th Duke of Ferrara, Modena and Regia, c. 1530

Large bust of Ercole II d'Este to right, bearded and wearing a cuirass and mantle. HER. II. DVX. FERR. IIII. MVT. ET. REG.

Two fully armoured knights, mounted in equestrian combat, observed upon castellated ramparts by three standing figures, below.

Unidentified artist. 

Bronze, cast, 132 mm. (505 grammes).  

Condition: Almost Very Fine


This is amongst the largest cast bronze medallic productions of the Renaissance and post-Renaissance period, with what is an early, if not contemporary cast.

The portrait is iof impressive scale, while the depiction of figures standing on a castle parapet and engaged in combat, between two towers, has been executed with a styliw and naivety that are not without charm. 


Philip Attwood, Italian Medals c. 1530-1600 in British Public Collections (2003), 692a.