Saint Peter

Tournai
Medieval (Gothic)
mid-15th century (?)
Probably by Guillaume le Fevre


Object Place: Europe, Dinant, Belgium

Dimensions

28.7 x 11.1 x 7.7 cm (11 5/16 x 4 3/8 x 3 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

56.263

Medium or Technique

Latten (77.3% copper, 19.1% zinc, 1.7% lead, 1.9% tin)

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Metalwork

Frontal standing figure on open circular base, hollow cast in one piece and with an attachment pin inserted in its unfinished back. Carrying an open book upright in his right hand and a large key with a heart-shaped finial in his left, Saint Peter wears a belted tunic with wide sleeves buttoned at the neck and an open mantle that falls from the shoulders and is pulled across the abdomen, forming deep folds. His head is marked by a very full short beard and short straight hair thinning above the forehead except for two symmetrically placed locks. There is a large round cast-in plug resembling a tonsure on top of the head.
Inserted in the back of the figure is a threaded rectangular pin with a hole for attachment. Above are deep indentations. Narrow vertical indentations, probably for securing the object in place are found at the base. Set with St. Paul (56.264).

Provenance

1446, possibly part of the baptismal font, St. Martin at Hall, Tournay [see note 1]. 1955, consigned by Gerard J. Stora to Raphael Stora, New York (stock no. C-140-3a-b); 1956, sold by Stora to the MFA for $3,100 [see note 2]. (Accession Date: April 12, 1956)

NOTES:
[1] This suggestion was made by Hanns Swarzenski in his curatorial recommendation for the purchase of this object and its companion (MFA accession nos. 56.263 and 56.264). [2] MFA object numbers 56.263 and 56.264 were purchased together.

Credit Line

William Francis Warden Fund