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Chasse with the Life of Christ

ca. 1235–45
Made in Limoges, France
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.
Overall: 13 3/8 x 13 1/2 x 5 5/16in. (34 x 34.3 x 13.5cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Harriet H. Jonas, 1974
Accession Number:
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)
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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