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Equestrian Plaque

ca. 1220
Made in Limoges, France
Copper (plaque): engraved, stippled, and gilt; (appliqué): repoussé, engraved, chased, scraped, stippled, and gilt; champlevé enamel: dark, medium, and light blue; dark translucent and light green, yellow, red and white; blue-black glass beads
Overall: 9 3/4 x 5 1/8 x 1 1/8 in. (24.8 x 13 x 2.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
This sure-seated rider, possessing all the poise of a great knight, was found before 1890 at Saint-Germain, near Gourdon in southwestern France. His identity and the original function of the plaque are unknown. His bearing has much in common with the kings on horseback from the sacred story depicted in stained glass from the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés (24.167a–k) exhibited nearby.
Found at Saint-Germain, near Gourdon (Lot), before 1890.; Louis Greil, Cahors (before 1890; d. 1901); comte Chandon de Briailles, Épernay; J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York
Rupin, Ernest. L'Oeuvre de Limoges. Paris: Alphonse Picard et Fils, 1890. p. 429, fig. 480.

Hoffmann, Konrad, ed. The Year 1200: A Centennial Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Vol. 1. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1970. no. 82, pp. 76-77.

Taburet-Delahaye, Elisabeth, and Barbara Drake Boehm, ed. L'Oeuvre de Limoges: Emaux limousins du Moyen Age. Paris: Réunion des Musées Nationaux, 1995. no. 94, pp. 292-293.

Boehm, Barbara Drake, and Elisabeth Taburet-Delahaye, ed. Enamels of Limoges, 1100-1350. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1996. no. 93, pp. 292-293.

Boehm, Barbara Drake. "Opus Lemovicense: La Diffusion des Émaux Limousins." In Émaux de Limoges, XIIe-XIXe Siècle, edited by Jacques Toussaint. Namur: Société Archéologique de Namur, 1996. p. 32, fig. 3.

Barnet, Peter, and Pete Dandridge, ed. Lions, Dragons, & Other Beasts: Aquamanilia of the Middle Ages, Vessels for Church and Table. New York: Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture, 2006. no. 46, p. 185.

Boehm, Barbara Drake. "Le goût des Américains pour l'Œuvre de Limoges aux XIXe et XXe siècles." In L’Œuvre de Limoges et sa diffusion: Trésors, objets, collections, edited by Danielle Gaborit-Chopin, and Frédéric Tixier. Paris: Institut national d'histoire de l'art, 2011. p. 125.

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