Lot 11
  • 11

German, Cologne, around 1170

5,000 - 7,000 GBP
6,250 GBP
bidding is closed


  • Decorative lunette
  • partially gilt and champlevé enamelled copper
  • 3 by 4.2cm., 1 1/8 by 1 5/8 in.


Ernst Kofler and Marthe Truniger, Lucerne, before 1964 to 1971;
Edmund de Unger, London;
his sale, Sotheby's New York, The Keir Collection of Medieval Works of Art, 20 November 1997, lot 10


Zurich, Kunsthaus, E and M Kofler-Truniger Collection, 1964, no. 840;
Kansas City, Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Medieval enamels and sculptures from the Keir Collection, 1983, no. 10


Sammlung E. und M. Kofler-Truniger, Luzern, exhib. cat. Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich, 1964, p. 93, no. 840;
H. Schnitzler, P. Bloch and C. Ratton, Email, Goldschmiede- und Metallarbeiten. Europäisches Mittelalter, Sammlung E. und M. Kofler-Truniger, Luzern, Lucerne/ Stuttgart, 1965, vol. II, E20, pl. 34;
M. Stokstad, Medieval enamels and sculptures from the Keir Collection, exhib. cat. Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, 1983, no. 10
H. Schwarzenski and N. Netzer, Medieval objects in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Enamels and Glass, Boston, 1986, no. 11

Catalogue Note

Schwarzenski and Netzer (op.cit.) in cataloguing the Boston example list the present lunette as part of a group of ten, which, together with six others in the Hessisches Landesmuseum and others in the Musée de Cluny and the Louvre, emanate from the same workshop. Further lunettes were once in the Ernest Brummer collection (sold Galerie Koller, Zurich, 16-19 October 1979, lot 200). These plaques masked joints of enamel frames on shrines and also formed lobes of quatrefoils on phylacteries. The shaded blue and green colouring is consistent with enamelling on a processional cross, the Shrine of St Maurinus and the retable from the St Pantaleon treasury all dating from circa 1170. The style of the leaves is comparable to those found on the lid of the arm reliquary of Charlemagne in the Louvre (inv. no. D712).