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Four Enamel Plaques

ca. 1300
Made in Paris, France
Cloisonné enamel, silver-gilt, jewels
Overall (a): 1 1/4 x 1 1/16 x 1/4 in. (3.1 x 2.7 x 0.7 cm) Overall (b): 1 3/16 x 1 x 1/4 in. (3 x 2.6 x 0.7 cm) Overall (c): 1 3/8 x 1 3/16 x 1/4 in. (3.5 x 3 x 0.7 cm) Overall (d): 1 5/16 x 1 3/16 x 1/4 in. (3.4 x 3 x 0.7 cm) a-diameter of central enamel : 1/2 in. (1.2 cm) b-diameter of central enamel : 9/16 in. (1.4 cm) c-diameter of central enamel : 9/16 in. (1.4 cm) d-diameter of central enamel : 9/16 in. (1.4 cm)
Enamels-Émail de plique
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 306
An artist of great skill produced these precious enamels for a wealthy patron. They may originally have been set like jewels in an altar or a reliquary or have been sewn to textiles such as altar cloths, bishops' mitres, girdles, or gloves.
J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
Avril, François, ed. L'art au temps des rois maudits: Philippe le Bel et ses fils, 1285-1328. Paris: Réunion des Musées Nationaux, 1998. no. 138, p. 214.

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