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Nuremberg German Brass Alms Dish 17th/18th Century, Grapes of Canaan
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This large "alms dish" was made in Nuremberg , Germany, which was famous for it brass ware, the trades being administered by the town council, a select group of powerful mercantile families, an almost unique system for the time. The "Basin Beaters of Nuremberg" were pre-eminent for brassware in Europe and produced huge numbers of bowls and basins from the 15th century onwards. Sheet brass was worked into the correct shape and trimmed on a lathe. Decoration was then applied by iron punches and metal stamps. This dish was made towards the end of the production of these items, probably in the late 17th or early 18th century. The dish is commonly known as an alms dish, but in fact it was made for ordinary decoration. The dish is very ornately decorated with moulded and punched decoration and it also has a rolled brass rim. 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.
45.5 cm in diameter
Chester's Farm Antiques has clarified that the Nuremberg German Brass Alms Dish 17th/18th Century, Grapes of Canaan (LA361068) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being c1800
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 Nuremberg German Brass Alms Dish 17th/18th Century, Grapes of Canaan is located in Nottingham, United Kingdom