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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery

Triptych

ca. 1400 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

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.


Object details
Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Silver, silver gilt, engraved, enamel
Brief description
Silver gilt triptych altarpiece depicting St. George and the Dragon. England or Germany, about 1400.
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.
Dimensions
  • Height: 5.5cm
  • Closed width: 3.3cm
  • Open width: 6.1cm
  • Depth: 1cm
Subjects depicted
Bibliographic reference
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.
Collection
Accession number
250-1874

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Record createdSeptember 13, 2004
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