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    Sale 2797

    Anton Philips, Entrepreneur & Connoisseur

    6 November 2007, Amsterdam

  • Lot 148

    A rectangular parcel-gilt and enamelled reliquary casket


    Price Realised  


    A rectangular parcel-gilt and enamelled reliquary casket
    The hinged triangular lid surmounted by an arched gable with pierced fluer-de-lys and bun finials, the body decorated overall with roundels containing half-length figures of winged angels
    15 cm. high, 19 cm. wide and 6 cm. deep

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    This gabled architectural form was one of the most popular types of reliquary produced by the Limoges enamellers, and the roundels here with the half-length figures of angels was a favoured motif. A smaller example was offered in the sale of enamels from the Keir Collection (Sotheby's, New York, 20 November 1997, lot 93), and a reliquary of very similar form - albeit without the pierced gable evident here - was included in the seminal work on Limoges by Ernest Rupin, L'Oeuvre de Limoges, Paris, 1890, p. 333, fig. 39.

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