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Plaque; rectangular; painted Limoges enamel on copper: Scene from the life of St Martial, his baptism. Set within an architectural framework, the saint kneeling, with five other saints and a crowd of onlookers. A naked boy to the right of the architecture. Signed on the base of the two columns, 'IOHA / NNES / MF / PENI / CAUD / IUS / IV'. Painted with polychrome semi-opaque enamels in blue, blue-green and red; over foil in translucent enamels of yellow-green, purple and blue; details in gilt. Damage and losses to enamel at centre. Counter-enamel colourless and translucent, with another layer on top of a murky pink flux and traces of mastic around borders. Label printed 'UNION CENTRALE' and inscribed in ink '189 / 4152'.
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Length: 14.40 centimetres
Width: 20.10 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Verdier Handlist, no. 39. A series of the life of St Martial (patron saint of Limoges) mentioned by Maurice Ardant as having been produced in 1544. 4 plaques recorded as belonging to A and J de Rothschild and M.Germean in 1891.
Limoges museum acquired in 2015 two plaques with Life of St Martial, St Valerie carrying her head to him and his death, to add to the two they already have from same series. V. Notin will publish these in Bulletin de la Societe arch. et hist.du Limousin, Sept 2015.
- Not on display
- Quite good, central loss partly made up with cold repairs.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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