Oblong casket; plain slabs of ivory with added mouldings; thirteen bands of silver gilt around sides, each terminating in fleur-de-lis and bearing inscription in black letters or line of flowers engraved and enamelled; lid with four similar bands and leaf at each corner; brass wire handle; projecting silver-gilt lock engraved with flowers; key separate (inside).
How big is it?
15.5 cm wide, 11.1 cm high, 12 cm deep, and it weighs 795g
Detailed Curatorial Notes
Provenance: According to Read 1902 the casket comes from the collection of Count Stuart d'Albanie but there is no reference given for this.
Commentary: The closest comparison is a reliquary casket, French c1400, now in the Rijksmuseum (inv. no. BK-NM-625) which was used in Utrecht for St Willibrord relics until the Reformation,which has a similar shape in ivory and similar silver strips with finials and lock. See
A.de Kruijf, 'Preserved Miraculously: Relics in the Old Catholic St Gertrude's Cathedral in Utrecht, Netherlands', in 'Matter of Faith: An Interdisciplinary Study of Relics and Relic Veneration in the Medieval Period', eds. Robinson, De Beer and Harnden, British Museum, London 2015, pp. 179-180, fig.3.
- 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. 217, fig.32
- O.M. Dalton, 'The Waddesdon Bequest', 2nd edn (rev), British Museum, London, 1927, no.217.
- 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
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