- Museum number
Painted Limoges enamel panel; copper, rectangular, set in a modern painted wood frame; The Rape of Helen; Helen escorted by Paris into a boat; inscribed; painted in grisaille and semi-opaque enamels on a white preparation, all on a black ground with gilding; counter enamel dull liver colour.
- Production date
- 1540 (circa)
Length: 7.60 centimetres
Weight: 42 grammes
Width: 12.70 centimetres
Depth: 0.60 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Provenance: Baron Anselm von Rothschild, Vienna, between 1866 and 1872 (cat no. 487), by inheritance to his son Baron Ferdinand Rothschild (d. 1898).
Commentary: The panel is likely to have been part of a casket.
Bibliography: Charles Hercules Read, 'The Waddesdon Bequest: Catalogue of the Works of Art bequeathed to the British Museum by Baron Ferdinand Rothschild, M.P., 1898', London, 1902, no. 27; O.M. Dalton, 'The Waddesdon Bequest', 2nd edn (rev), British Museum, London, 1927, no.27; John Mack, 'The Art of Small Things', London, British Museum, 2007, p.21.
- On display (G2a/dc3)
- Associated events
- Associated Event: Rape of Helen
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- This collection is known as the Waddesdon Bequest under the terms of Baron Ferdinand Rothschild’s will.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number