C1860 Bronze Tazza, Elkington Electroptypes, as seen in the Metropolitan Museum, New York.


The Metropolitan Museum, New York, has a pair of exactly similar Elkington electrotypes, C1860, as this pair. The originals, which are 16th century, and attributed to the great Italian goldsmith, Benvenuto Cellini (hence the jewellery shop down the road in Queens Parade) are in the Louvre Museum. Electrotypes are exact copies of the original, and many were made for museums throughout the world, in the same way as 19th century museums all had plaster copies of famous sculptures. This pair of C1860 Renaissance copy tazza is copper sheathed bronze. Silver or copper was electrolytically laid down on the cast taken from the original, so every minute detail was reproduced faithfully by this method.https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/185868
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