- Museum number
Plaque, rectangular; painted Limoges enamel on copper; set in a gilt metal frame: painted on a black ground, Battle of the Amazons; Hippolyta struck off her horse in the right foreground; Theseus, bearded and with a spear; Amazons and followers of Theseus in the background. A shield with a grotesque head lying in the foreground. Inscribed on a scroll in the stone ledge in the right corner. The foreground, heads, hands of the figures only are executed in white or grisaille enamel while the horses and other details are in gold, lavish gilding. Counter enamel translucent and colourless.
- Production date
- 1540-1550 (circa)
Length: 8.50 centimetres
Width: 11.70 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- one of six painted enamels of Limoges in BM which is marked and/or stamped for KIP.Not listed in Verdier's handlist of BM enamels or in Mitchell's Burlington Magazine article on KIP, February 1909. Compare manner of drawing faces with that on the Waddesdon Bequest sibyls casket WB 122 which is signed IP on a scroll.
Plaque in grisaille signed KIP, of Last Supper after Raimondi, sold at Sotheby's 9 July 2002 lot 65, ex Oppenheimer collection. Gives basic bibliography on KIP, who was a prime interest for collectors of Limoges enamels in the mid to late 19th Century but has not been comprehensively studied since then.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1897, London, Burlington Fine Arts Club, 'A Catalogue..., p. 190, no. 188
- Poor, left hand side cracked and repaired, loss to the top right hand corner showing substrate and copper plaque. Frame may be modern.
- Associated events
- Associated Event: Battle of the Amazons
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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