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Silver-gilt portable altar, chased and engraved with enamel and eglomise painting. Architectural setting for two panels of four eglomise paintings in each showing scenes of Crucifixion, from the cycle of the Passion. Enamel columns side and center with shields on bases in dado; elliptical...

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Provenance

John Edward Taylor (b. 1830 - d. 1905), London; July 1-10, 1912, posthumous Taylor sale, Christie, Manson, and Woods, London, lot 85, to Jacques Seligmann (b. 1858 - 1923), Paris, for £388.107. Jacob Hirsch, New York (?) [see note 1]. 1935, Arnold Seligmann Rey and Co., New York; May 21, 1935, sold by Arnold Seligmann Rey to the Brummer Gallery, New York (stock no. N3514); 1947, sold by Brummer to the MFA for $4000. (Accession Date: November 13, 1947). NOTES: [1] According to the Brummer inventory card, this was part of the Hirsch collection, which may refer to Dr. Jacob Hirsch, a New York art dealer.

Credit Line

Charles P. Kling Fund

1500–50

Object Place

Italy

Dimensions

Overall: 33.7 x 34.9 cm (13 1/4 x 13 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

47.1451

Medium or Technique

Metal; Glass

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Ecclesiastical ornaments