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Circular plaque with beaded edge (arch cut from bottom); three pinholes. Hammered, tooled, champlevé, enameled, and gilded. Enamel colors are lapis blue (two shades), turquoise (two shades), green (two shades), white, yellow, and pale mauve in mixed fields of up to three colors. A large...

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Provenance

About 1183, possibly the Shrine of Saint Anno, Saint Michael's Abbey, Siegburg, Germany (original commission); about 1901-1902, removed from the shrine by Paul Beumers, Düsseldorf [see note 1]. 1939, Geladakis, Paris; August 21, 1939, sold by Geladakis to the Brummer Gallery, New York (stock no. P16053); 1947, sold by Brummer to the MFA for $1500. (Accession Date: November 13, 1947) NOTES: [1] See Hanns Swarzenski and Nancy Netzer, "Medieval Objects in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Enamels and Glass" (Boston, 1980), p. 62, cat. no. 14. The shrine was moved to the Treasury of Saint Servatius in the 19th century. Beumers restored several of the shrines in the Treasury in 1901-1902 and probably removed it at that time.

Credit Line

1941 Purchase Fund

German (Cologne), Medieval, about 1183

Object Place

Cologne, Germany

Dimensions

Diameter: 6.8 cm (2 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

47.1443

Medium or Technique

Champlevé enamel and gilding on copper

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Enamels