Relief silver on copper wall plaque / platter /decorative tray depicting an interior scene, a technique referred to as Repousse (metalwork hammered into relief from the reverse side). It is of rectangular shaped with rounded corners and a decorative border with fantastic creatures, scrolls and leaves. The room portrayed is stark and austere, the double headed eagles that top the columns on both sides of the fireplace represent the arms of the Hapsburgs and of the city of Toledo, the main venue of the court of Hapsburg Emperor Charles I. During his reign, his domains were greatly expanded through the conquest of territories in Mexico, Central and South Americas by Spanish and Portuguese conquistadors. The scene depicted in this plaque shows two men, armed with swords, conversing. One is wearing a tall hat indoors, an indication that he is a nobleman. On the right a group of men gather around a table with a map and globe; to the left a mixed group of soldiers, courtiers and a priest attentively watch. Most likely this is an interpretation of a famous painting on the subject of conquistadors presenting their plans to the court and its council. Unmarked but we have seen similar items described as 19th Century Portuguese. In good used condition with wear to plate, scratches and imperfections as shown. Comes with a wire attached to the back from which to hang on the wall and is ready to display. Shipped fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: 20 1/4" by 14 1/4" (51.5 cm by 36.5 cm) approximately.
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