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Oval silver locket, flat and shallow with a pendant loop at top of front and back. On the front is an engraved scene of the Adoration of the Shepherds within a wide border of 'pea-pod' style foliate ornament with four exotic birds. On the back is an engraved scene of the Resurrection of Christ within a similar border. The locket opens to reveal two miniatures painted on copper, on the left is the Mocking of Christ, on the right: the Vernicle held by St Veronica.
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Height: 5.80 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Text from catalogue of the Hull Grundy Gift (Gere et al 1984) no 397:
The introduction of the group of three angels, apparently forming a protective ring around the head of the manger, is a rare feature in the iconography of this most popular subject, the Adoration of the Shepherds. It would seem, however, to feature occasionally in Northern European art, particularly in paintings of the early Netherlandish School; for example, the little panel painting, attributed to Geertgen tot Sint Jans, c.1490 (in the National Gallery, London), which is one of the very early attempts to depict a nocturnal setting for the Nativity and the Annunciation to the Shepherds. In this picture, three angels actually 'ring' the head of the manger, although the rest of the composition is unrelated. This unusual feature does reappear from time to time in anonymous engravings of the sixteenth century, which can be attributed to Netherlandish or German workshops, like the German woodcut of c.1530-40 by the 'Master of the Adoration of the Shepherds' (see Dodgson 1903-11, 11, p.396, 1). (Timothy Wilson)
Supplement to catalogue entry:
Engraved silver locket: Sotheby, 22 April, 1963, Lot 121, £70. Long MSS note comparing the images to prints by Durer. The subject was pursued by Tim Wilson in compiling the catalogue entry and his conclusions are published there. (Charlotte Gere)
- On display (G46/dc11)
- Acquisition notes
- Bought at unidentified auction dated 22.4.1963, lot 21, £70, described as 'Silver double miniature frame, oval with pendant rings at the top, engraved with the Nativity and Resurrection, the borders with animals and foliage, the interior with religious miniatures, 17th century'.
HG mss note 'one side is based on Durer - and other has Fouquet's squrrels, 16th century German or Dutch'.
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: HG.384 (masterlist number)