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French, Limoges, early 13th century
CROZIER HEAD IN THE FORM OF A SERPENT
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 85,250 GBP
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3
French, Limoges, early 13th century
CROZIER HEAD IN THE FORM OF A SERPENT
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 85,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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French, Limoges, early 13th century
CROZIER HEAD IN THE FORM OF A SERPENT
with an associated shaft
gilt and enamelled copper, on a modern stand
crozier head: 25cm., 9¾in. stand: 8cm., 3 1/8 in.
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Provenance

private collection, Switzerland;
Sankt-Galler und Basler Privatbesitz, Auktionen in Luzern, 1935, lot 1.200, plate 32

Literature

J.J. Marquet de Vasselot, Les Crosses Limousines du XIIIe siècle, Paris, 1941, p. 324, no. 197

Catalogue Note

The motif of the serpent's head holding a tri-lobe leaf in its mouth is a typical feature of early 13th century Limoges croziers. It may refer to the staff of Moses or that of his brother Aaron, both of which were gifted with miraculous powers. Both staffs turned into serpents, and Aaron's rod flowered in the Tabernacle as a proof of the exclusive rite to the priesthood of the tribe of Levi.

The present crozier can be compared to the crozier of Jean de Chanlay in the Louvre Museum. The scrolling foliate motif on the spiral form of the crozier head, highlighted with gilding against blue enamel, is closely similar. The motif of the three angels within mandorlas on the knop is typical of Limoges croziers of the period and also appears on the Jean de Chanlay crozier.

RELATED LITERATURE
E. Taburet-Delahaye & B. Drake Boehm et al. L'Oeuvre de Limoges: Emaux limousins du Moyen Age, ex. cat. Musée du Louvre, Paris, 1995, p. 273, no. 83

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