Fabulous old heavy detailed bronze plaque or plate signed on the back for W. D. Allen, of Chicago, a company started in the early 1800's noted for fine bronze decorative items, still in business we think now making utilitarian brass and bronze pieces of high quality. This has so many fine figures in the design, styled from the ruins of the Forum of Trajan at Rome, with famous column in the background. The figures represent the goddess Minerva on the left with an attendant and on the right the goddesses of Immortality, Dignity and Honor also with attendants. This information is from the original paperwork attached to the back of the plaque, also identifying this plaque as taken from the work of an unknown artist of the Augsburg School, early German Renaissance, similar to a copy in the Louvre. We are dating this piece to circa 1900 and it is in very good condition. It measures 6 & 1/8" square with rounded corners, lovely age patina, wear on the back from being wall hung for many years.
Item ID: 43099