- Museum number
Reliquary, chasse resting on four feet; champlevé enamelled; gilded; punched; repoussé; engraved; front: Virgin and Child within two overlapping circles of black enamel with black dots ; flanked by two apostles standing under enamelled arcades with spiral patterning and brickwork spandrels(possibly St Philip and St Andrew); reversed gilded background; vermiculé decoration; figures have repoussé heads; roof: four enamelled figures under arcades; same background: St Peter; other slope: 19thC glass replacement; back; chasse; four figures under enamelled arches: reserved heads and bodies; ends: one end with figure; opposite end with ornamental panel set with large cabochon crystal; colours: black, deep blue, mid blue, green, turquoise, yellow, red and white in single and mixed fields.
- Production date
Height: 155 millimetres
Width: 190 millimetres
Depth: 76 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- In its original state the chasse must have had figures on both ends and a further three on the side of the roof which is now glass. The use of vermiculé, the refined, engraved foliage and scrolls which form the background, place the chasse amongst the early output of the Limoges workshops. Later on, the technique was reversed and the figures were reserved on enamelled backgrounds. The applied heads are also characteristic of Limoges work from the end of the 12th century. For further discussion and bibliography, see Gauthier below. PSH 17.9.91.
de Vasselot 1906 p.15, pl.III.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2013 28 Nov - 2018 01 Dec, Norwich Castle Museum, Norman Connections LT loan
2011 13 Feb-8 May, Baltimore, Walters Museum of Art, 'Treasures of Heaven'
2010-2011 17 Oct-6 Jan, Ohio, Cleveland Museum of Art, 'Treasures of Heaven'
2009 11 Dec-2010 10 May, Madrid, Canal de Isabel II, Treasures of the World's Cultures
2009 1 May-20 Sep, Victoria, Royal BC Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number