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FRENCH, LIMOGES, CIRCA 1210-30, | Champlevé enamel bookcover with the Crucifixion

20,000 - 30,000 EUR
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  • Champlevé enamel bookcover with the Crucifixion
  • champlevé enamel on engraved and gilt copper plaque; enamelled in dark blue, medium blue, turquoise, yellow, green, red and white; with applied embossed gilt-copper figures; Christ with blue glass eyes and with a blue cabochon on the perizonium
  • 26 x 14,5 cm; 10 by 5 2/3 in.


Private collection.


E. Taburet-Delahaye, L'oeuvre de Limoges. Emaux limousins du Moyen Age, exh. cat. Paris, New York, 1995-1996, p. 280, no. 88.

Catalogue Note

Limoges champlevé book covers were fashioned to protect bound biblical texts and manuscripts and to match in splendour the illuminations of the sacred words within, since the early 12th century. Traditionnally, the Crucifixion most often featured on the front cover, with the Christ in Majesty on the reverse. One of the most important remaining examples is the late 12th enamel book cover both in the collection of the V&A Museum, London (inv. no. 651-1898) and the Bode Museum, Berlin (inv. no. 1917.85).