Meuse Valley or western German
Medieval (Gothic)
mid-13th century
Artist Unidentified artist

Object Place: Europe, Germany


6.1 cm (2 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gilding on silver-plated copper with inlays of niello on silver (94.6% silver, 4% copper, .4% gold, 1% lead)

Not On View





Spherical finial with a hollow core and round holes for attachment at the top (24 mm) and bottom (28 mm). The finial is composed of two raised hemispheres soldered together in the middle; six teardrop-shaped reliefs have been hammered out of the hemispheres. Sheets of nielloed silver showing seven ivy leaves emanating from a wide branch cover the reliefs, which are framed by a molded copper band joined at the top. Masking the join and soldered to the top of the framing bands are cast berries on hammered leaves. Between the reliefs are soldered two cast acanthus leaves, a larger one emanating from the upper opening in the finial and a smaller one emerging from the lower opening. Molded bands frame both of the openings.


By 1924, Thomas David Gibson-Carmichael, 1st Baron Carmichael (b. 1859 - d. 1926), Skirling House, Lanarkshire, Scotland; June 10, 1926, Carmichael sale, Sotheby's, London, lot 396. Henri Daguerre, Paris. 1937, Galerie Brimo de Laroussilhe, Paris; July 8, 1937, sold by Brimo de Laroussilhe to the Brummer Gallery, New York (stock no. P14019); April 21, 1949, Brummer sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, lot 292, to the MFA for $400. (Accession Date: May 12, 1949)

Credit Line

William Francis Warden Fund