Basse-taille and painted enamel on silver; gilt-silver frame mounted with silver and partly enameled gold, and set with emeralds and pearls
H. 5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm.); W. 4 in. (10.2 cm.)
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 500
Enamel painters in fifteenth-century Lombardy applied opaque colors on top of broad areas of brilliantly colored translucent enamels that were fused to grounds of silver. Their work is highly decorative; unlike enameled gold or enameled cooper, however, enameled silver is inherently unstable and easily perishes, so that examples seldom survive in good condition.
J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York (until 1917; to MMA)
Date: probably late 15th or early 16th centuryMedium: Basse-taille and painted enamel on silver; champlevé enamel on silver; silver filigree with traces of enamel; gilt bronzeAccession: 32.100.293On view in:Gallery 500