Nautilus shell on pedestal

Anonymus17th century

Sforzesco Castle

Sforzesco Castle
Milan, Italy

Large Nautilus shells, decorated and
mounted on complicated ornate metal structures, were quite common and popular
in Germany during the Baroque period. This Nautilus shell has been decorated
with figures of insects, butterflies and a little bird perched on a fruit. On
the top of the shell has been fixed a small statue of a woman holding a
cartouche. The vines with bunches of grapes on the mounting join the shell to
its pedestal. The stem has two figures – a woman embracing a man who holds a
falcon and an oar. At the couple’s feet is a turtle, while marine animals
surround the edge of the pedestal. Along the edge of the foot is the stamp of
the town of Augsburg, the pinecone.


  • Title: Nautilus shell on pedestal
  • Creator: Anonymous German, Made in Augsburg
  • Date Created: 17th century
  • Location: Museo dei Mobili e delle Sculture lignee, Castello Sforzesco, Milan, Italy
  • Location Created: Augsburg
  • Physical Dimensions: 48,5 x 19 cm
  • Provenance: Legato De Cristoforis, 1876
  • Type: Jewellery
  • Rights: Comune di Milano - Civiche Raccolte Artistiche, Castello Sforzesco, Milano
  • External Link: https://museodeimobili.milanocastello.it/
  • Medium: Nautilus shell, silver, gold
  • Art Form: Sculpting, chiseling, gilding
  • Original title: Nautilo su piedistallo

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