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Chasse with the Life of Christ

Date:
ca. 1235–45
Geography:
Made in Limoges, France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Copper (plaques): engraved, stamped, and gilt; (appliqués): repossé, engraved, chased, scraped, and gilt; champlevé enamel: dark and medium blue, turquoise, light green, red, and white; glass cabochons; wood core.
Dimensions:
Overall: 13 3/8 x 13 1/2 x 5 5/16in. (34 x 34.3 x 13.5cm)
Classification:
Enamels-Champlevé
Credit Line:
Bequest of Harriet H. Jonas, 1974
Accession Number:
1974.228.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
Goldsmiths in Limoges before the mid-thirteenth century began to embellish copper relief figures with enamel. Fewer colors were used, lending a new sculptural quality and variety to their work.
Inscription: Inscription: IH[ESU]S.
[ Frédéric Spitzer (d. 1890), Paris (sold, 4/6-6/17, 1893, no. 237, pl. VII)]; [ Arnold Seligmann, Rey & Co., Inc., New York (sold 1908)]; Thomas Fortune Ryan, New York (sold 11/23-25, 1933, no.403); Harriet H. Jonas, New York (until 1974)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Patterns of Collecting," December 6, 1975–March 23, 1976.

Paris. Musée du Louvre. "L'Oeuvre de Limoges," October 23, 1995–January 22, 1996.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Enamels of Limoges, 1100-1350," January 22, 1996–June 16, 1996.

Rupin, Ernest. L'Oeuvre de Limoges. Paris: Alphonse Picard et Fils, 1890. p. 421.

La Collection Spitzer: Antiquité, Moyen-Age, Renaissance. Vol. I. Mâcon: Imprimerie Protat Frères, 1890–1891. no. Orfèvrerie religieuse 26, p. 98.

Spitzer, Frédéric, ed. La Collection Spitzer: Antiquité -- Moyen-Age -- Renaissance. Vol. 1. Paris: Maison Quantin, 1890–1893. no. Orfèvrerie religieuse 26, pp. 106-7, pl. X.

Catalogue des objets d'art et de haute curiosité: antiques, du moyen-âge & de la renaissance: composant l'importante et précieuse Collection Spitzer. Vol. 1. Paris: Chevallier and Mannheim, April 17–June 16, 1893. no. 237, p. 43, pl. VI.

Braun, Joseph. Die Reliquiare des christlichen Kultes und ihre Entwicklung. Freiburg im Breisgau: Verlag Herder, 1940. pp. 166, 183, pl. 27, fig. 87.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Notable Acquisitions (Metropolitan Museum of Art) no. 1965/1975 (1975). p. 159.

Taburet-Delahaye, Elisabeth, and Barbara Drake Boehm, ed. L'Oeuvre de Limoges: Emaux limousins du Moyen Age. Paris: Réunion des Musées Nationaux, 1995. no. 116, pp. 334-335.

Boehm, Barbara Drake, and Elisabeth Taburet-Delahaye, ed. Enamels of Limoges, 1100-1350. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1996. no. 115, pp. 334–35.



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