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Plaque with Saint Peter
Plaque with Saint Peter in Glory
Tabernacle of Cherves
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This artwork is currently on display in Gallery 304
The earliest known textual reference to the famous enamels produced in the city of Limoges during the twelfth through the fourteenth century concerns a book cover seen in the Abbey of Saint Victor in Paris in the 1160s and intended for an English abbot. Plaques showing Christ in Majesty surrounded by symbols of the evangelists, usually paired with a plaque showing the Crucifixion, were produced in large numbers by Limoges enamelers. The textures and patterns created through the engraving and stippling of the five appliqué figures make this a particularly noteworthy example.
Inscription: Inscription: A/w (Alpha/omega).
Georges Hoentschel (French, Paris 1855–1915); Jacques Seligmann, Paris and New York (Paris, January 1912); J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
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