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One of a pair with 48.1321. Each of the two rectangular plaques has ten pinholes filled with nail heads. Hammered, champlevé, chased, engraved, enameled, and gilded. Enamel colors are lapis blue, red, green azure blue, and white in single and mixed fields of up to three colors. The plaques...

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Baron Maximilian von Goldschmidt-Rothschild (b. 1843 - d. 1940), Frankfurt; 1948, sold, perhaps by the heirs of Goldschmidt-Rothschild, to Rosenberg and Stiebel, New York [see note 1]; 1948, sold by Rosenberg and Stiebel to the MFA for $2500 [see note 2]. (Accession Date: December 9, 1948) NOTES: [1] A letter from Saemy Rosenberg, Rosenberg and Stiebel, to Georg Swarzenski of the MFA (November 23, 1948) indicates that the plaques (MFA nos. 48.1320 and 48.1321) came from the collection of Max von Goldschmidt-Rothschild and that "I have now succeeded in buying them." It is likely that he bought the plaques from Baron Goldschmidt-Rothschild's heirs, as members of the Rothschild family consigned many works of art to Rosenberg and Stiebel in the 1940s and 1950s. [2] MFA accession numbers 48.1320 - 48.1321 were acquired together.

Credit Line

William E. Nickerson Fund, No. 2

French (Limoges) or English, Medieval, about 1300

Object Place

England or France


15.4 x 10.2 cm (6 1/16 x 4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Champlevé enamel on copper