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Plaque with Saint William of Bourges

Date:
ca. 1218–25
Geography:
Made in Limoges, France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Copper: engraved and gilt: champlevé enamel: dark blue, turquoise, medium green, yellow, red, and white
Dimensions:
Overall: 8 1/16 x 6 7/8 x 1/16 in. (20.4 x 17.4 x 0.2 cm)
Classification:
Enamels-Champlevé
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.694
  • Description

    Early in his career, and well before he became archbishop in 1205, William of Bourges was a hermit-monk at the abbey at Grandmont, near Limoges. It is fitting, therefore, that this plaque honoring him was created in the enamel technique for which Limoges was renowned.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Inscription: S[ANCTUS] GUILELM[US]; on the reverse: [1758]: EGO P.[etrus] LE LIEVRE CLERICUS / - UEUS JOANNIS E. R. GAS / SELIN FILIUS CO[G]NATOS / ORO NE HUNC PANCEUM AB AN / NIS PLUS CENTUM IN DOMO NOSTRA / SERVATUM AD ALIOS NOBIS ET NOMINE / ET SANG[UINE] / NISI JUNCTOS RELINQUA[NT]. (I, Pierre Lelièvre, priest, son of Gasselin, ask my relatives not to give up this panel [?], which has been preserved in our house for more than a hundred years, except to persons who are allied to us by name and blood).

  • Provenance

    Father Pierre Lelièvre, priest of the parish church of Bû(Eure-et-Loir), France (by 1758 - d. 1770); J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)

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