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Matthias Walbaum (Kiel, Germany 1554–1632 Augsburg, active Augsburg 1579–1632)
Miniatures by Anton Mozart (German, Augsburg 1573–1625 Augsburg)
German, Augsburg
Ebony, silver, silver gilt, gouache on parchment
Overall (confirmed): H. 16 15/16 x W. 7 1/4 x D. 4 1/8 in. (43 x 18.4 x 10.5 cm)
Metalwork-Silver In Combination
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 521
Matthias Walbaum was one of the best goldsmiths in sixteenth-century Augsburg, and elaborate shrines of an almost neo-Gothic character were the specialty of his workshop. This jewel-like example, in the form of a triptych, documents episodes from the New Testament in hierarchical order. Atop the shrine is a Visitation scene with figures of Saints Anne and Elizabeth and an announcing angel. On the front of the doors are silver figures enacting the Annunciation. The doors open into a miniature triptych painted in gouache by Anton Mozart, with the Nativity at the center, the Presentation on the right wing, and the Circumcision on the left. A tiny panel illustrating the Flight into Egypt forms the predella. On the stem of the shrine a Christ in silver bears his cross to Calvary; beneath, his collapsed figure hangs from his mother's arms in a Pietà. On the four sides of the base, the Evangelists, identified by their attributes, record the events pictured above.
Signature: On central panel: A M f 98 [Anton Mozart fecit 1598]

Inscription: Sticker on base: Glasgow / Art Galleries and Museum / Reg. no. 120- '03.

Marking: Struck on back of finial piece, at base:
[1] flower within a shield (maker's mark of Matthias Walbaum);
[2] pinecone (Augsburg town mark)
Mr. Eugen Gutmann , Berlin (by 1907) ; J. Pierpont Morgan , New York and London (until 1913) ; by descent, J. P. Morgan Jr. , New York (1913–17; to MMA)
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