Chester's Farm Antiques
Chester's Farm Antiques is located in Nottingham, United Kingdom
Flemish or German Brass Alms Dish 17th / 18th Century, Grapes of Canaan
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This large "alms dish" is made of sheet brass with a beaten out (repousse) pattern and stamped decoration. It has quite a deep and broad well and a rounded central hub, and a rolled rim. The dish is commonly known as an alms dish, but in fact it was made for ordinary decoration and/or household use. We understand from a helpful ebayer that this dish is Flemish. Similar dishes were made in various Northern European cities from the 15th century, the most famous being Nuremberg in Germany, with Dinant in Flanders being also a key centre. However the styles of the dishes were very similar. The larger dishes were made in the later years of production and this dish is probably late 17th or early 18th century. The central picture is of the story in Numbers chapter 13, in which Moses sends spies, or scouts, out to the land of Canaan, and they bring back a huge bunch of grapes suspended on a pole. The expedition however failed and led to the Israelites wandering in exile for 40 years. Of the Spies sent out, only Joshua and Caleb survived to lead their people to the Promised Land. This picture on alms dishes was quite common. The decoration on this example is complex and typical of the later production of these dishes. The "spies" are depicted however in 15th century style military costume. An attractive and good quality example.
Chester's Farm Antiques has clarified that the Flemish or German Brass Alms Dish 17th / 18th Century, Grapes of Canaan (LA363161) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being c1700
Overall very good condition. There is a split to the joint of the rolled rim with the dish at about 10 o'clock. There is what looks like an old closing of a split at about eight o'clock in the well of the dish and one or two other areas of old small splits, but on the whole, the dish is solid with general wear as expected.
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This Flemish or German Brass Alms Dish 17th / 18th Century, Grapes of Canaan is located in Nottingham, United Kingdom