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  • Place of origin:

    France (possibly)
    Spain (possibly)

  • Date:

    late 13th century

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Copper gilt with champlevé enamel.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Plaque of champlevé enamel on gilded copper, pointed at the top and pierced there with a single hole.

Place of Origin

France (possibly)
Spain (possibly)


late 13th century



Materials and Techniques

Copper gilt with champlevé enamel.


Height: 11.7 cm maximum, Width: 6.2 cm maximum, Depth: 0.3 cm

Object history note

Originally in the collection of Baron Frédéric Spitzer (1815-1890). It was lot 391 in the 1893 sale of his collection and was bought by the collector George Salting for 580 Francs. He gave it to the Museum in 1910.

Historical context note

This plaque may be from a reliquary, another part of which -- a plaque of St James -- is in the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore.

Descriptive line

Copper gilt with champlevé enamel; French or Spanish, late 13th century.

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

Spitzer, Frédéric, ed. La collection Spitzer: Antiquité, Moyen Age, Renaissance, 6 vols. Paris: Maison Quantin, 1890-93.
Read, C. H. George Salting. The Burlington Magazine for Connoisseurs. Feb. 1910, vol. 16, no. 83. pp.250-51.
Campbell, Marian. An Introduction to Medieval Enamels. London: HMSO, 1983. ISBN 0112903851

Labels and date

Plaque from the end of a reliquary. Champlevé enamel on copper-gilt.
French (Limoges); 13th century
From the Spitzer Collection
A plaque depicting St. Matthias, which probably formed the other end of the same reliquary is in the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore.
Salting Bequest []


Copper; Champlevé enamel; Gold


Gilding; Enamelling


Metalwork Collection

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