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Reliquary Triptych with the Crucifixion, Coronation of the Virgin, Saint Peter and Saint Paul, and the Annunciation

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Triptych comprising a central gabled box with crocketed crest, central finial, and two hinged wings. When closed, the wings (enameled on both sides) are held together with a clasp. The sides of the box, made of a single strip, bent and joined at the top, have two rows of small crosses separated...

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Rothschild family, Paris; by descent to Baron Maximilian von Goldschmidt-Rothschild (b. 1843 - d. 1940), Frankfurt [see note 1]; about 1949/1950, probably sold by the heirs of Goldschmidt-Rothschild to Rosenberg and Stiebel, New York [see note 1]; 1958, sold by Rosenberg and Stiebel to the MFA for $5,000. (Accession Date: April 10, 1958) NOTES: [1] In November 1938 Nazi authorities forced Maximilian von Goldschmidt-Rothschild to sell his art collection to the city of Frankfurt. Upon his death in 1940, the objects were transferred to and accessioned by various city museums. After the war, his heirs succeeded in legally voiding the 1938 sale and recuperating the collection, which was sent to the United States. See "Important French Furniture & Objets d'Art," Goldschmidt-Rothschild estate sale, part one, Parke-Bernet, New York, March 10-11, 1950, prefatory note. [2] Rosenberg and Stiebel sold a number of works of art for members of the Rothschild family at this time.

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour

English or French (Paris), Medieval (Gothic), early 14th century

Object Place

Paris or England


Overall (closed): 6.9 x 3.2 cm (2 11/16 x 1 1/4 in.) Overall (open): 6.9 x 6.2 cm (2 11/16 x 2 7/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Basse-taille and champlevé enamel and gilding on silver