This group probably originates from a reliquary chasse or altarpiece. The English attribution is based upon comparisons with excavated metalwork and manuscript illuminations. Most English metalwork was melted down as a result of the break with Rome and the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539 and the rise of Puritanism in the 1600s.
Émile Molinier, Paris (sold to Morgan, unknown date); J. Pierpont Morgan (American), London and New York (until 1913); Estate of J. Pierpont Morgan(1913–1917)
Stoddard, Whitney S. Monastery and Cathedral in France: Medieval Architecture, Sculpture, Stained Glass, Manuscripts, the Art of the Church Treasuries. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1966. pp. 387–88, fig. 433.
Pushkin Museum and State Hermitage Museum. Dekorativno-Prikladnoe Iskusstvo ot Pozdnei Antichnosti do Pozdnei Gotiki: Kratkii Katalog Vystavki. Moscow: Pushkin Museum, 1990. no. 13, p. 10.
State Hermitage Museum. Dekorativno-Prikladnoe Iskusstvo ot Pozdnei Antichnosti do Pozdnei Gotiki. St. Petersburg: State Hermitage Museum, 1990. no. 13, pp. 34-35.