Plaque with Beasts

French (Limoges) or English
about 1300
Made at Limoges (France), Made at Limoges workshop in England

Object Place: Europe, England or France


15.4 x 10.2 cm (6 1/16 x 4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Champlevé enamel on copper

Not On View





One of a pair with 48.1321. Each of the two rectangular plaques has ten pinholes filled with nail heads. Hammered, champlevé, chased, engraved, enameled, and gilded. Enamel colors are lapis blue, red, green azure blue, and white in single and mixed fields of up to three colors. The plaques form a continuous design. Each shows winged beasts in two vertical rows of quatrefoils, which alternate, both vertically and horizontally, between lapis blue and red. Each quatrefoil contains an engraved beast in reserve. They are arranged in either facing or addorsed pairs. The gilded ground, engraved and punched in a stippled pattern, has enameled plants with trefoil leaves (green, blue, and white) alternating with green parrots flanking smaller plants (blue and red).


Baron Maximilian von Goldschmidt-Rothschild (b. 1843 - d. 1940), Frankfurt; 1948, sold, perhaps by the heirs of Goldschmidt-Rothschild, to Rosenberg and Stiebel, New York [see note 1]; 1948, sold by Rosenberg and Stiebel to the MFA for $2500 [see note 2]. (Accession Date: December 9, 1948)

[1] A letter from Saemy Rosenberg, Rosenberg and Stiebel, to Georg Swarzenski of the MFA (November 23, 1948) indicates that the plaques (MFA nos. 48.1320 and 48.1321) came from the collection of Max von Goldschmidt-Rothschild and that "I have now succeeded in buying them." It is likely that he bought the plaques from Baron Goldschmidt-Rothschild's heirs, as members of the Rothschild family consigned many works of art to Rosenberg and Stiebel in the 1940s and 1950s.
[2] MFA accession numbers 48.1320 - 48.1321 were acquired together.

Credit Line

William E. Nickerson Fund, No. 2