Ornamental Plaque

Rhineland or Meuse or North German
Medieval
last third of 12th century
Maker Unidentified


Object Place: Europe, Rhineland/Meuse, Germany, North Germany

Dimensions

1.5 x 35.2 cm (9/16 x 13 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

43.216

Medium or Technique

Champlevé and cloisonné enamel and gilding on copper

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Enamels

Rectangular plaque, slightly curved in the middle; pinholes on each end and in the center. Hammered, champlevé, cloisonné, enameled, and gilded. Enamel colors are lapis blue, turquoise, and white in single fields. The decoration consists of opposing white cloisonné trefoils on a lapis-blue ground within a turquoise border.

Inscription

; on the reverse are traces of an accession number in india ink.

Provenance

Richard von Passavant-Gontard, Frankfurt. Harry Fuld (b. 1879 - d. 1932), Frankfurt; by descent to his widow, Lucie Mayer-Fuld (b. 1892 - d. 1966), Frankfurt, Berlin, and the United States; 1943, sold by Mrs. Fuld, through Raphael Stora, New York, to the MFA for $300 [see note 1]. (Accession Date: October 14, 1943)

NOTES:
[1] An undated document by Georg Swarzenski in the MFA curatorial files recommends the purchase of a large group of medieval works of art from the Fuld collection. The collection is said to be offered for sale by the owner, that is, Harry Fuld's widow. Among the objects listed is this enamel plaque -- one of only two the MFA acquired from the group (43.216 and 43.217). Both were purchased from the dealer Raphael Stora in 1943. Thanks are extended to Dr. Caroline Flick for clarifying the identity of the seller.

Credit Line

Seth K. Sweetser Fund