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Quatrefoil Plaque of Christ's Descent into Limbo

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Quatrefoil plaque with four pinholes in a silver molded and tooled frame. Hammered, engraved, enameled, and gilded. Enamel colors are translucent green , lapis blue, mauve, ocher, light brown, turquoise, and grayblue. Faces, limbs, and accessories are in reserve, engraved, and filled with...

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1906, D. Schevitch, Paris; April 4-7, 1906, Schevitch sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, lot 79. Acquired from Seligmann and Co. by Otto H. Kahn (b. 1867 - d. 1934), New York [see note 1]; 1934, to the Mogmar Art Foundation [see note 2]; October 12, 1943, sold by Addie Wolff (Mrs. Otto H.) Kahn (d. 1949), New York, to the Brummer Gallery, New York (stock no. N5600); 1948, sold by Brummer to the MFA for $2000. (Accession Date: March 11, 1948) NOTES: [1] According to an inventory of the Mogmar Art Foundation (June 26, 1934) on file at the Getty Research Institute (Duveen Brothers Records, Box 472), cat. no. MAF 31B. At that time it was being kept by Duveen, New York. The Mogmar Art Foundation was a private corporation that kept parts of Kahn's art collection after his death.

Credit Line

1948 Purchase Fund

Upper Rhineland (?), late 14th century (?)

Object Place

Upper Rhineland ?


8.6 x 8.1 cm (3 3/8 x 3 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Basse-taille enamel and gilding on silver