Heraldic Roundel

French (Limoges)
Medieval
third quarter of 13th century
Made at Limoges (France)


Dimensions

Overall (diameter): 4 cm (1 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

57.598

Medium or Technique

Champlevé enamel and gilding on copper

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Enamels

One of four openwork repoussé roundels with four pinholes. Triangular enameled, heraldic shields are attached with three pins. Roundels: repoussé, engraved, chased, and cut out. Shields: champlevé, enameled, and gilded. Enamel colors are red and black in single fields. The basilisks in openwork with twisted heads biting their necks and long flowering tails surround a central gilded shield showing a red rampant lion with black claws, tongue, and eye. Three ajoure modeled dragons fill spaces in circle (four holes for fastening) left by shield of red rampant lion of Castille with black claws.

Provenance

By 1957, Johannes Jantzen, Bad Homburg, Germany; 1957, sold by Jantzen to the MFA for $550 [see note 1]. (Accession Date: September 12, 1957)

Notes:
[1] MFA objects 57.595, 57.596, 57.597 and 57.598 were purchased together.

Credit Line

John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund