Baldric, Champlevé enamel on brass, partially gilded, Spanish

Baldric

Date:
first half 17th century
Culture:
Spanish
Medium:
Champlevé enamel on brass, partially gilded
Dimensions:
L. 35 in. (88.9 cm.); W. 1 in. (2.5 cm.)
Classification:
Enamels
Credit Line:
Gift of George Blumenthal, 1941
Accession Number:
41.100.24
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 535
Much of our knowledge of jewelry fashions is derived from contemporary portraits. Although chains of solid gold were especially prized, an enameled example very much like this one, worn diagonally across the chest, appears in the portrait of a young man dating from the early seventeenth century. The enameling technique is similar to that of the brass veneras also in this case.
George and Florence Blumenthal , Paris and New York (until her d. 1930) ; George Blumenthal (1930–d. 1941; to MMA)