Antique Iron Decorative Shield

ORIGIN: France
AGE: 19th century
DIMENSIONS: 26” l x 18” w x 2” deep
CONDITION: Very good


This beautifully cast antique iron decorative shield is a reinterpretation of a 16th century shield made for King Henry II of France, which is now housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  According to the Met, the battle scene depicted on the shield is thought to be “the victory of Hannibal and the Carthaginians over the Romans in Cannae in 216 B.C., which here could be interpreted as an allusion to the struggle of France against the Holy Roman Empire during the sixteenth century.”

This decorative shield was likely cast in France.  It seems to have hung very near a fireplace as the back has a layer of soot.  The front has a silver finish, which highlights the fine details.