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  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1490 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Champlevé enamel, gilt copper

  • Credit Line:

    Dr W.L. Hildburgh Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This plaque was probably one of many originally made to decorate a cross. Separated and without context, it was later collected as an interesting artefact in its own right. It shows Saint Mathew holding a scroll bearing his name. The copper has been covered with a thin layer of gold. The colouring was produced by champlevé, or 'raised field', enamelling. The design was engraved in sections, filled with coloured enamel powders and then fired to create the hard and shiny surface.

Physical description

Quatrefoil, decorated with a roundel containing a demi-figure of St. Matthew holding a scroll bearing his name. The foils are each filled with a leaf. The features of the evangelist are filled in with black, his scroll with red; the ground of the roundel in lapis blue and that of the foils in red and white.

Place of Origin

France (made)


ca. 1490 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Champlevé enamel, gilt copper


Height: 6.6 cm, Width: 6.6 cm, Depth: 3 mm

Object history note

See Registered 55/4478 A for information on this Bequest.

Descriptive line

Plaque from a cross; church plate; champlevé enamel, gilt copper; France, about 1490


Copper-gilt; Champlevé enamel


Gilding; Enamelling

Subjects depicted

Scrolls (information artifacts)


Christianity; Metalwork; Religion


Metalwork Collection

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