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Plaque with the Annunciation

ca. 1200–1225
Made in Central Italy; Made in Catalonia, Spain or
Catalan or Central Italian
Champlevé enamel, copper-gilt
Overall: 13 11/16 x 12 3/16 x 1/16 in. (34.7 x 31 x 0.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of George Blumenthal, 1941
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
Though recent publications give Italy as the possible origin of this piece, the style, iconography, background and spelling of the inscription compare closely to Catalonian frescoes.
Inscription: Inscription: (on white band, incised and gilt) AVE MARIA GRASI[a].
George and Florence Blumenthal, Paris and New York (until 1941)
Rubinstein-Bloch, Stella. Catalogue of the Collection of George and Florence Blumenthal, New York: Volume 3, Works of Art, Mediaeval and Renaissance. Paris: A. Lévy, 1926. pl. XIII.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Masterpieces in the Collection of George Blumenthal: A Special Exhibition. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1943. no. 32.

Mayor, A. Hyatt. "The Gifts that Made the Museum." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 16, no. 3 (November 1957). ill. p. 104.

Stohlman, W. Frederick. "The Star Group of Champlevé Enamels and Its Connections." The Art Bulletin 32, no. 4 (December 1950). pp. 328–29.

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. 153, pp. 148-149.

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