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Rectangular plaque with two beaded sides; three pinholes. Hammered, tooled, champlevé, enameled, and gilded. Enamel colors are lapis blue, light blue , turquoise (two shades), green (two shades), yellow, and white in single and mixed fields of up to three colors. Within a blue and white...

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By 1835, Karl Ferdinand Friedrich von Nagler (b. 1770 - d. 1846), Berlin; 1835, acquired, possibly from Nagler, by the Königlich Preussische Kunstkammer (later the Schlossmuseum), Berlin (inventory no. K4203c); 1937, sold by the Schlossmuseum to J. Rosenbaum, Frankfurt [see note 1]; probably sold by Rosenbaum to Rosenberg and Stiebel, New York [see note 2]; September 4, 1941, sold by Rosenberg and Stiebel to the Brummer Gallery, New York (stock no. N5224); 1947, sold by Brummer to the MFA for $750. (Accession Date: November 13, 1947) NOTES: [1] The provenance given here (through 1937) was provided in a letter from Dietrich Kötzsche, Kunstgewerbemuseum (formerly the Schlossmuseum), Berlin to Nancy Netzer of the MFA (May 9, 1984; in MFA curatorial file). Whether this object was acquired directly from Nagler is not certain. [2] Jakob Rosenbaum founded his family's art business in Frankfurt in the 19th century; his nephew established Rosenberg and Stiebel in New York in 1939.

Credit Line

Frederick Brown Fund

German (Cologne), Medieval, about 1160–70

Object Place

Cologne, Germany


9.3 x 4.2 cm (3 11/16 x 1 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Champlevé enamel and gilding on copper