This is a very nice and impressive hammered brass collection plate, classical from the second half of the 19th century during the revival Renaissance period. Such plate was commonly used in churches to collect donation, they are now mostly wall decoration and the hook in the back are actually from the middle part of the 20th century. This plate is typical of the Renaissance revival period and is actually coming from Cognac in the Charente area located in southwestern France. (We will strongly advise you to google the name of the city Cognac to see beautiful pictures of the area and the city which gave her name to the famous brandy Cognac). This beautiful piece is centering a portrait of King Francis I of France (Francois Premier born in Cognac in 1494). The embellishment surrounding the central portrait and depicting grape and cranes is classical from this area and period. Circa date 1860. Dimensions 25"diameter.