Handle card

Courtesy of National Museums Liverpool, World Museum



Currently not on display


Solid-cast, upstanding horizontal handle, rectangular in outline, with squared handle square in section and marked with smooth central rib and beaded edges all round. A single plaque connects both ends of the handle and was originally soldered to a bowl or other vessel so that the handle stood up above the rim. The attachment plaque, smooth behind, is cast with sharp relief: large central palmette pendant from large volutes, flanked by couchant deer, their heads turned back to center; below the deer, volutes under forelegs, small pendant palmette beneath hind legs. Above the deer’s shoulder, the end of the handle is finished with a small, maned lion mask beneath floral scrolls, as if biting the deer. Intact; corroded with fine green patina.