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Designs by Raphael for sculptural works, silverware, medals and other objects

After Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520)

A design for a salver c.1853-1876

Albumen print | 30.5 x 24.5 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 854250

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A photograph of a pen and ink drawing by Raphael (c.1510-1511) now in Royal Library, Windsor (RCIN 912737) depicting a design for a salver.

This drawing is on the verso of the "Massacre of the Innocents", a red chalk study by Raphael for an engraving by Marcantonio Raimondi (see RCIN 850421 for a photograph of the recto). The drawing on the verso, a sketch of battling creatures, was likely intended as a design for metalwork. There is a related drawing in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (inv. no. WA1846.211, see 854248 for a photograph of it) which is now attributed to a member of Raphael's workshop. Evidence shows that Raphael was providing designs for metalwork for his patron Agostino Chigi in 1510; this design may perhaps be connected with a Chigi commission. 

According to Ruland (1876) and Passavant (see Bibliographic References) Agostino Chigi commissioned designs from Raphael for two salvers to be executed in bronze by Cesarino da Urbino.
  • Creator(s)

    After Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (draughtsman)

    Associated with Cesarino Rossetti (goldsmith)

  • 30.5 x 24.5 cm (sheet of paper)

  • Acquired for the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection (c.1853-76)

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Home economics
        • Tableware
          • Salvers (table equipment)
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Military engineering
          • Arms (weapons)
            • Tridents
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Religions of antiquity
          • Classical mythology
            • Neptune (mythology)
            • Cupid
    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Zoology
        • Animals
          • Mythical creatures
            • Sea centaurs (Mythical creatures)
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p. 308 A.III.4

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Clayton 1999 : Clayton, M. Raphael and his Circle. Drawings from Windsor Castle, London pp.80-85, no. 20 verso

    P&W : Popham, A.E. & Wilde, J., 1949. The Italian Drawings of the XV and XVI Centuries in the Collection of His Majesty The King at Windsor Castle, London p. 310-311, no. 0793

    Joannides 1983 : Joannides, P., 1983. The Drawings of Raphael, with a complete catalogue, Oxford p. 205, no. 289v