Painted Limoges enamel plaque; copper, oval; concave with a moulded rim; standing figure of an allegorical figure of wisdom, Minerva?, holding a mirror and stick with a snake; at her feet, another snake and an owl sitting upon two books and a quill pen; in background, a hamlet and outskirts of a town; painted in semi-opaque enamels over a white preparation with translucent enamels over coloured foils and grisaille with flesh tones; details produced by enlevage, painted on foils, white highlights or gilding; counter enamel translucent with liverish flux.
This object was collected and bequeathed to the British Museum by Ferdinand Anselm Rothschild.
How big is it?
23.1 cm wide, 35 cm high, 2 cm deep, and it weighs 667g
Detailed Curatorial Notes
Provenance: None is recorded.
- 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. 35
- O.M. Dalton, 'The Waddesdon Bequest', 2nd edn (rev), British Museum, London, 1927, no.35.
- Read 1902: Read, Charles Hercules, The Waddesdon Bequest. Catalogue of the Works of Art Bequeathed to the British Museum by Baron Ferdinand Rothschild, M.P., 1898, London, BMP, 1902
- Dalton 1927: Dalton, Ormonde Maddock, The Waddesdon Bequest : jewels, plate, and other works of art bequeathed by Baron Ferdinand Rothschild., London, BMP, 1927
- Scrase handlist: Scrase handlist
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