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Spherical finial with a hollow core and round holes for attachment at the top (24 mm) and bottom (28 mm). The finial is composed of two raised hemispheres soldered together in the middle; six teardrop-shaped reliefs have been hammered out of the hemispheres. Sheets of nielloed silver showing...

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Provenance

By 1924, Thomas David Gibson-Carmichael, 1st Baron Carmichael (b. 1859 - d. 1926), Skirling House, Lanarkshire, Scotland; June 10, 1926, Carmichael sale, Sotheby's, London, lot 396. Henri Daguerre, Paris. 1937, Galerie Brimo de Laroussilhe, Paris; July 8, 1937, sold by Brimo de Laroussilhe to the Brummer Gallery, New York (stock no. P14019); April 21, 1949, Brummer sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, lot 292, to the MFA for $400. (Accession Date: May 12, 1949)

Credit Line

William Francis Warden Fund

Meuse Valley or western German, Medieval (Gothic), mid-13th century

Object Place

Germany

Dimensions

6.1 cm (2 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

49.465

Medium or Technique

Gilding on silver-plated copper with inlays of niello on silver (94.6% silver, 4% copper, .4% gold, 1% lead)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Metalwork