Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Winged Dragon (one of five medallions from a coffret)

Date:
ca. 1110–30
Geography:
Made in Conques, France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Copper-gilt, champlevé enamel
Dimensions:
Overall: 3 9/16 x 9/16 in. (9 x 1.4 cm) Overall (with nail tangs): 3 15/16 x 9/16 in. (10 x 1.4 cm)
Classification:
Enamels-Champlevé
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.692
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
The blue and green beasts, locked in battle and compressed into these circular medallions, are emblematic of goldsmiths’ work created at Conques under the patronage of Abbot Boniface (r. 1107–after 1121). On a similar box still at Conques, an inscription proudly proclaims: “In all respects, the coffrets of Conques demonstrate brilliant workmanship.”
Jean-Baptiste Carrand, Lyons (before 1856); Michel Boy (b. 1845), Paris; Sigismond Bardac, Paris (in 1900); Georges Hoentschel (French, Paris 1855–1915 Paris)(before 1911); J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
Rupin, Ernest. L'Oeuvre de Limoges. Paris: Alphonse Picard et Fils, 1890. pp. 57-62.

Catalogue officiel illustré de l'exposition retrospective de l'art français des origines à 1800. Exposition universelle de 1900. Paris: Lemercier & Cie., 1900. no. 2409, p. 292, ill. p. 76.

Guibert, Louis. Les Vieux Émaux de Limoges à l'Exposition de 1900. Limoges: Veuve H. Ducourtieux, 1901. pp. 12-13, (as no. 2409).

Pératé, André. Collections Georges Hoentschel: Émaux du XIIe au XVe siècle. Paris: Librairie Centrale des Beaux-Arts, 1911. no. 30–34, fig. XVI.

Forsyth, William H. "Mediaeval Enamels in a New Installation." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 4, no. 9 (May 1946). p. 233, ill. p. 235.

Schrader, J. L. "A Medieval Bestiary." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 44, no. 1 (Summer 1986). p. 18.

Bliss, Garrett. "Griffins in Medieval Art: Survival and Adaptation." In Survival of the Gods: Classical Mythology in Medieval Art. Providence, R.I.: Brown University, 1987. pp. 138, 139 n. 56.

Gauthier, Marie-Madeleine. Émaux Méridionaux: Catalogue International de l'Oeuvre de Limoges; L'Époque Romane. Corpus des émaux méridionaux, Vol. I. Paris: Éditions du centre national de la recherche scientifique, 1987. no. 41, p. 61, pl. XXIV, ill. 119-123.

Gaeta Bertelà, Giovanna, and Beatrice Paolozzi Strozzi, ed. Arti del Medio Evo e del Rinascimento: Omaggio ai Carrand, 1889–1989. Florence: Museo Nazionale del Bargello, 1989. p. 428.

Taburet-Delahaye, Elisabeth, and Barbara Drake Boehm, ed. L'Oeuvre de Limoges: Emaux limousins du Moyen Age. Paris: Réunion des Musées Nationaux, 1995. no. 8, pp. 83-86.

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Martín Ansón, María Luisa. "Los Esmaltes Silenses: Problemática Sobre su Origen." In De Limoges a Silos, edited by Joaquín Yarza Luaces. Madrid: Sociedad Estatal para la Acción Cultural Exterior, 2001. p. 263.

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