The technique of enamel painting is thought to have been introduced into Lombardy between 1470 and 1480. The style here is close to that of several miniature painters who worked for the Milanese ducal court of the Sforza. The frame is a sixteenth-century addition.
A. Tollin (until 1897; his sale, Salle George Petit, Paris, 1897) ; John Edward Taylor , London (until 1912; his sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London , 1912, no. 237); Benjamin Altman , New York (until 1913; bequeathed to MMA)
Date: late 15th centuryMedium: Basse-taille and painted enamel on silver; gilt-silver frame mounted with silver and partly enameled gold, and set with emeralds and pearlsAccession: 17.190.917On view in:Gallery 500