The Annunciation

Enameler:
Workshop of Master of the Triptych of Louis XII (ca. 1490–ca. 1515)
Date:
probably early 16th century
Culture:
French, Limoges
Medium:
Painted enamel on copper, partly gilt
Classification:
Enamels
Credit Line:
Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913
Accession Number:
14.40.697a
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 544
This master is recognized as the enameler of a triptych with a central scene of the Annunciation flanked by donor portraits of Louis XII of France (1462–1515) and his queen, Anne de Bretagne (d. 1514), painted between 1499 and 1514. Now in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, that triptych is arguably the most beautiful early sixteenth-century Limoges enamel in existence. This plaque is a variant of the London triptych’s central panel.
Préaux , Paris (until 1850; sale, January 9–11, 1850, no. 227) ; Bale , London ; Alexis Joseph Febvre (until 1882; sale, April 17–20, 1882, no. 158) ; Queen Victoria (at Friedrichshof) ; Frédéric Spitzer , Paris (until 1893; sale, April 17–June 16, 1893, no. 419) ; Oscar Hainauer , Berlin ; Benjamin Altman , New York (until 1913; bequeathed to MMA)