Morse, Copper-gilt, glass, French

Morse

Date:
ca. 1250
Culture:
French
Medium:
Copper-gilt, glass
Dimensions:
Overall: 4 5/16 x 5 13/16 x 1/2 in. (10.9 x 14.7 x 1.3 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Copper
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.799
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
A morse is a clasp attached to a liturgical vestment to prevent the garment from slipping from the shoulders. Gilded copper is at once heavy enough to support the weight of the fabric yet resplendent enough to be suitably ceremonial in appearance.
[ Frédéric Spitzer, Paris (sold 1893)]; J. Pierpont Morgan (American), London and New York (until 1913); Estate of J. Pierpont Morgan(1913–1917)
Mannheim, Jules. "L'Exposition Rétrospective d'Objets d'Art Français au Palais du Trocadéro." L'art: Revue hebdomadaire illustrée 15, no. 2 (1889). p. 74, ill. p. 74.

La Collection Spitzer: Antiquité, Moyen-Age, Renaissance. Vol. I. Mâcon: Imprimerie Protat Frères, 1890–1891. no. Orfèvrerie religieuse 67, p. 113.

Spitzer, Frédéric, ed. La Collection Spitzer: Antiquité -- Moyen-Age -- Renaissance. Vol. 1. Paris: Maison Quantin, 1890–1893. no. Orfèvrerie religieuse 67, p. 118, ill. in text.

Catalogue des objets d'art et de haute curiosité: antiques, du moyen-âge & de la renaissance: composant l'importante et précieuse Collection Spitzer. Vol. 1. Paris: Chevallier and Mannheim, April 17–June 16, 1893. no. 275, p. 49, pl. IX.

Molinier, Émile. L'orfèvrerie religieuse et civile du Ve à la fin du XVe siècle. Histoire générale des arts appliqués à l'industrie, Vol. 4. Paris: E. Levy, 1902. p. 188.