This sumptuous reliquary sets the Virgin and Child, accompanied by angels, within an elaborate architectural shrine. The arches, vaults, and sculptural decorations are of gilded silver; translucent enamel panels on the wings depicting scenes from the life of the Virgin and the Infancy of Christ evoke stained-glass windows. This example, one of only four such shrines to have survived, is recorded in the eighteenth-century inventories of the convent of the Poor Clares of the Order of Saint Francis at Buda (part of the modern city of Budapest), founded by Queen Elizabeth of Hungary in 1334.
From the convent of the Poor Clares at Buda (part of the modern city of Budapest); Count Ignac Batthyany, Vienna ; Countess V. Batthyany, Vienna ; Count Arthur Batthyany ; Frederick I, Grand Duke of Baden 1826–1907 ; his sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris (January 28-29, 1867, no. 61) ; M. Charles Mannheim(1867) ; baron Alphonse Mayer Rothschild(1867–collection confiscated in 1938) ; restituted to his widow, baroness Clarice de Rothschild ; [ Rosenberg & Stiebel(sold 1962)]
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