During the French Revolution, large church furnishings of copper were often sold as scrap metal. Charming fragments like this were sometimes preserved, but their original context cannot be completely established. The angel descending from a cloud probably carried a crown for the Virgin Mary.
Harry G. and Adele O. Friedman, New York (until 1958)
Taburet-Delahaye, Elisabeth, and Barbara Drake Boehm, ed. L'Oeuvre de Limoges: Emaux limousins du Moyen Age. Paris: Réunion des Musées Nationaux, 1995. no. 118, p. 346.
Boehm, Barbara Drake, and Elisabeth Taburet-Delahaye, ed. Enamels of Limoges, 1100-1350. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1996. no. 117, p. 346.
Date: ca. 1180–90Medium: Copper: engraved, chiseled, stippled, and gilt; champlevé enamel: dark, medium, and light blue; turquoise, dark and light green, yellow, red, and white; wood core, painted red on exteriorAccession: 17.190.514On view in:Gallery 304