Portable altar


Object Place: Europe, Italy


Overall: 33.7 x 34.9 cm (13 1/4 x 13 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Metal; Glass

Not On View




Ecclesiastical ornaments

Silver-gilt portable altar, chased and engraved with enamel and eglomise painting. Architectural setting for two panels of four eglomise paintings in each showing scenes of Crucifixion, from the cycle of the Passion. Enamel columns side and center with shields on bases in dado; elliptical insets in panels between; entablature has angels in enamel. Crested with long scrolls flanking elliptical picture of the Annunciation topped by standing cherub. Back engraved with similar designs and coats of arms.


John Edward Taylor (b. 1830 - d. 1905), London; July 1-10, 1912, posthumous Taylor sale, Christie, Manson, and Woods, London, lot 85, to Jacques Seligmann (b. 1858 - 1923), Paris, for £388.107. Jacob Hirsch, New York (?) [see note 1]. 1935, Arnold Seligmann Rey and Co., New York; May 21, 1935, sold by Arnold Seligmann Rey to the Brummer Gallery, New York (stock no. N3514); 1947, sold by Brummer to the MFA for $4000. (Accession Date: November 13, 1947).

[1] According to the Brummer inventory card, this was part of the Hirsch collection, which may refer to Dr. Jacob Hirsch, a New York art dealer.

Credit Line

Charles P. Kling Fund