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Plaque - Entombment of a Bishop

Entombment of a Bishop

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1850-1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Enamel and copper gilt

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Rainer Zietz

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This plaque is an example of the 19th century fascination for medieval art. Collectors and dealers were particularly interested in medieval objects such as enamels. Owing to the high demand for medieval goods, craftsmen sought to recreate medieval objects. This plaque copies the style and colours of enamel from Limoges. Limoges was an important centre for enamel production from the 12th to the 14th centurys. The work of the Limoges enamellers is particularly known by the use of unique shades of dark blue and turquoise. Although this 19th century rendition has captured the basic style and colours of Limoges work, it has not recreated the exact shades that made medieval Limoges enamel so famous.

Physical description

Rectangular plaque of copper gilt enamelled with the entombment of a bishop on a blue background with three standing figures looking on. Border pierced with ten circular holes.

Place of Origin

Paris (possibly, made)


ca. 1850-1900 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Enamel and copper gilt


Length: 16.2 cm, Width: 10.8 cm

Object history note

Tested by Heike Bronk on 13.07.2001 and found to be nineteenth century rather than medieval.

Descriptive line

Copper gilt plaque enamelled with a scene of the entombment of a bishop, possibly made in Paris, about 1850-1900


Enamel; Copper


Enamelling; Gilding


Metalwork; Enamels; Religion


Metalwork Collection

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