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Three Figures

Date:
ca. 1200
Geography:
Made in Limoges, France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Copper: repoussé, chased, engraved, scraped, stippled, gilt;blue-black glass beads glass
Dimensions:
Overall: 6 15/16 x 3 11/16 x 9/16 in. (17.6 x 9.3 x 1.5 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Copper
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.790
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
Bowing to the left with downcast eyes and downturned mouths, the three men apparently witness a sad scene, perhaps the burial of a saint or the death of the Virgin. They may have been fixed to a large reliquary or an altar.
Aimé Desmottes, Lille and Paris (until 1900); his sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris (March 19-23, 1900, no. 37); [ Brimo de Laroussilhe, Paris]; J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1913); Estate of J. Pierpont Morgan(1913–1917)
Paris. Musée du Louvre. "L'Oeuvre de Limoges," October 23, 1995–January 22, 1996.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Enamels of Limoges, 1100-1350," January 22, 1996–June 16, 1996.

Catalogue des objets d'art et de haute curiosité [...] collection de Feu M. Desmottes. Paris: Hôtel Drouot, March 19-23, 1900. no. 37, p. 13.

Taburet-Delahaye, Elisabeth, and Barbara Drake Boehm, ed. L'Oeuvre de Limoges: Emaux limousins du Moyen Age. Paris: Réunion des Musées Nationaux, 1995. no. 80, pp. 268-269.

Boehm, Barbara Drake, and Elisabeth Taburet-Delahaye, ed. Enamels of Limoges, 1100-1350. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1996. no. 79, pp. 268–69.



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