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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE LATE JOHANNES JANTZEN

French, Limoges, third quarter 13th century
FOUR HERALDIC ROUNDELS WITH RAMPANT LIONS
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 20,000 GBP
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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE LATE JOHANNES JANTZEN

French, Limoges, third quarter 13th century
FOUR HERALDIC ROUNDELS WITH RAMPANT LIONS
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 20,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Old Master Sculpture and Works of Art Including Highlights from the Reinhold Hofstätter Collection

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French, Limoges, third quarter 13th century
FOUR HERALDIC ROUNDELS WITH RAMPANT LIONS

Provenance

Dr Johannes Jantzen, Bad Homburg, Germany, by 1957;
thence by descent to the present owner

Exhibited

Schloss Cappenberg, Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Dortmund, Deutsche Bronzen des Mittelalters und der Renaissance: Medaillen und Goldschmiedearbeiten, 1960, no. 114

Catalogue Note

Roundels decorated with armorial shields, such as the present group, were mounted on splendid caskets produced in the enamelling centre of Limoges. A famous example decorated with similar appliqués is the casket in the Treasury of Aachen, which is said to have contained the charter of the town given in 1262 by Richard of Cornwall. The rampant lion depicted on the present roundels has led to the proposition that the set could hail from the Kingdom of Castile; however it is not possible to identify the precise heraldry, as the lions appear in several coats of arms. The group belongs to a set of which fifteen pieces are known in total - one in Kassel (Staatl. Kunstsammlungen, inv. no. K5.2401), two in the Museum für Kunsthandwerk in Frankfurt; four sold as part of the Thomas F. Flannery collection at Sotheby's London, 1 December 1983, lot 35; and another four also formerly in the possession of Johannes Jantzen, which were sold to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in 1957 (inv. nos. 57.595-598). Together, the roundels would likely have adorned a large and finely made casket of political significance.

RELATED LITERATURE
Kunst und Kunsthandwerk des Mittelalters, cat. Museum für Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt am Main, 1966, no. 256, pl. 8; M.-M. Gauthier, Émaux du moyen âge occidental, Fribourg, 1972, p. 190, no. 136; H. Swarzenski and N. Netzer, Catalogue of Medieval Objects: Enamels and Glass, cat. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1986, no. 34

Old Master Sculpture and Works of Art Including Highlights from the Reinhold Hofstätter Collection

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London