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Triptych

  • Place of origin:

    England (possibly, made)
    Germany (made, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1400 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, silver gilt, engraved, enamel

  • Museum number:

    250-1874

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 5, shelf B, box 7

Physical description

Triptych altarpiece, with integral hinges, engraved and partially gilded silver, enamelled, of rectangular form with pointed arch at top, with a suspension ring, closed by a hasp attached to the left wing. The central plaque shaped as a crocketed canopied tabernacle, with a scene of St George and the Dragon, the background engraved with a diaper pattern, the figures applied in relief, the saint's halo decorated with a wheel-shaped foliate motif, the shield and armour engraved with the cross of St George. The interior of the left wing with a hatched ground and engraved with a king and queen seated on top of a castellated tower, in the doorway a porter beneath a portcullis. The interior of the right wing with a simply hatched ground and engraved with a kneeling princess with a leaf above. The exterior of both wings engraved with architectural motifs of columns and tracery windows on a hatched ground, the exterior of the central plaque engraved with a masonry motif.

Place of Origin

England (possibly, made)
Germany (made, made)

Date

ca. 1400 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silver, silver gilt, engraved, enamel

Dimensions

Height: 5.5 cm, Width: 3.3 cm closed, Width: 6.1 cm open, Depth: 1 cm

Descriptive line

Silver gilt triptych altarpiece depicting St. George and the Dragon. England or Germany, about 1400.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Lightbown, Ronald. Medieval European Jewellery: with a catalogue of the collection in the Victoria & Albert Museum. London: Victoria & Albert Museum, 1992. cat. 89. p. 533.

Materials

Silver; Gold; Enamel

Techniques

Engraving; Gilding; Enamelling

Subjects depicted

Queen; Faith; King; Christianity; Princess

Categories

Metalwork; Jewellery; Christianity

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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