Circular Hinged Case

French (Limoges or Paris)
Medieval
third quarter of 13th century
Made at Limoges (France), Made at Limoges workshop in Paris


Object Place: Europe, Paris, France

Dimensions

6.2 x 1.7 cm (2 7/16 x 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

49.470

Medium or Technique

Champlevé enamel and gilding on copper

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Enamels

Round container comprising two similar valves (each with small retaining pins on the sides) fastened with a hinge and clasp. Hammered, champlevé, engraved, chased, enameled, and gilded. Enamel colors are lapis blue, red, and turquoise. On the cover, within a narrow turquoise border, a red armorial shield with three trefoils of acanthus in reserve is set against a dark-blue ground with three wingless dragons, also in reserve. On the opposite side, again encircled by a turquoise border, an amorous couple is engraved in reserve against a lapis-blue ground with thin foliate scrolls in reserve. The female, in three-quarter view on the lift, stands taller than her mate on a gilded platform in the border. She wears a snood with a lozenge design and long mantle over a dress with a gathered waist and decorated collar. Caressing her under the chin, her lover, in profile on the right, is clad in a short tunic and pointed shoes. The sides of each valve are decorated with a row of curved trefoil leaves.

Provenance

Thomas David Gibson-Carmichael, 1st Baron Carmichael (b. 1859 - d. 1926), Skirling House, Lanarkshire, Scotland; June 10, 1926, Carmichael sale, Sotheby's, London, lot 425. By 1936, George Eumorfopoulos (b. 1863 - d. 1939), London [see note 1]; June 6, 1940, posthumous Eumorfopoulos sale, Sotheby's, London, lot 186, to the Brummer Gallery, New York (stock no. P16065); April 23, 1949, Brummer sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, lot 696, to the MFA for $225. (Accession Date: May 12, 1949)

NOTES:
[1] He lent this to the "Exhibition of Gothic Art in Europe (c. 1200 - c. 1500)" (Burlington Fine Arts Club, London, 1936), cat. no. 95.

Credit Line

William Francis Warden Fund