Ornamental Plaque

German (Cologne)
late 12th–early 13th century
Maker Unidentified artist

Object Place: Europe, Cologne, Germany


3.6 x 10.3 x 0.7 cm (1 7/16 x 4 1/16 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Champlevé and cloisonné enamel and gilding on copper

Not On View





Obtuse-angled plaque with molded and beaded edge (a triangular cut in the lower edge); seven pinholes in the angles and through the outer left quatrefoil. Hammered, tooled, champlevé, cloisonné, enameled, and gilded. Enamel colors are lapis blue, light blue, green, yellow, red, and white in fields of one or two colors. Within a lapis-blue and green border, a light-blue field contains four lapis-blue quatrefoils flanking a trefoil of the same color. Quatrefoils are filled with white cloisonné crossflowers with red centers. In the trefoil, three white cloisonné rosettes with red centers surround a yellow circle. Yellow scalloped semicircles with red centers in cloisonné are placed along the border. On the reverse is the modern assembly mark “VI”.


By 1952, Alastair Martin, Glen Head, NY; 1952, gift of Alastair Martin. (Accession date: September 11, 1952)

Credit Line

Gift of Alastair B. Martin