Workshop of Louis Marcy (Luigi Parmeggiani) (Italian, 1860–1945) (?)
ca. 1880–1900 (14th century style)
Made in Paris, France
Gilded silver and translucent enamel
Overall: 3 3/4 x 3/8 in. (9.5 x 0.9 cm)
The Cloisters Collection, 1950
Not on view
This mirror back was mistakenly thought to be a Parisian work of about 1300 because it displays the arms of Luisignan of Poitou France) and England. Such a highly personalized and luxurious mirror would have been a unique survival from the Middle Ages.
Marking: [Arms]: Lusignan of Poitou and England
Baron Max von Goldschmidt-Rothschild, Frankfurt
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