SPANISH, POSSIBLY SILOS, OR FRENCH, LIMOGES, THIRD QUARTER 12TH CENTURY | PAIR OF PLAQUES WITH MYTHICAL BIRDS
SPANISH, POSSIBLY SILOS, OR FRENCH, LIMOGES, THIRD QUARTER 12TH CENTURY | PAIR OF PLAQUES WITH MYTHICAL BIRDS
SPANISH, POSSIBLY SILOS, OR FRENCH, LIMOGES, THIRD QUARTER 12TH CENTURY | PAIR OF PLAQUES WITH MYTHICAL BIRDS
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Property from a European Private Collection (Lots 1-5)

SPANISH, POSSIBLY SILOS, OR FRENCH, LIMOGES, THIRD QUARTER 12TH CENTURY | PAIR OF PLAQUES WITH MYTHICAL BIRDS

Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 GBP

Property from a European Private Collection (Lots 1-5)

SPANISH, POSSIBLY SILOS, OR FRENCH, LIMOGES, THIRD QUARTER 12TH CENTURY | PAIR OF PLAQUES WITH MYTHICAL BIRDS

Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 GBP

Lot Sold:40,000GBP

Lot Details

Description

Property from a European Private Collection (Lots 1-5)

SPANISH, POSSIBLY SILOS, OR FRENCH, LIMOGES, THIRD QUARTER 12TH CENTURY

PAIR OF PLAQUES WITH MYTHICAL BIRDS


partially gilt and champlevé enamelled copper

2 by 6cm., ⅞ by 2⅜in. each

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Condition Report

Overall the condition of the plaques is good, with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There are a few very small losses to the enamel, including to the beaks of both birds. There is minor pitting to the enamel throughout. The gilding of the copper has rubbed in areas. There is minor scratching to the surfaces throughout. Each plaque has four holes for mounting; there is a metal pin within one of these, and there is some tarnishing around the holes. There is some wax residue to the reverse of the plaque which has engraving. 


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

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Cataloguing

Provenance

Adolphe (1871-1949) and Suzanne Stoclet, Brussels;

thence by descent;

private European collection

Catalogue Note

This rare pair of plaques with elegant exotic birds relates to a presumed early Aquitain workshop in Spain, at whose centre is the important Altar Frontal from the Abbey of St. Dominic at Silos, which was under royal patronage. The Silos Frontal, now in the Museo Arqueologico, Burgos, is adorned with plaques showing closely comparable birds within stylised foliate tendrils in the same colour scheme. Several further individual plaques have been associated with Silos, including three roundels in the Musée du Louvre (inv. nos. OA 11794-11796), which were formerly in the Augusta Lambert and Adolphe Stoclet collections. Some stylistically analogous works, such as a plaque with Christ in Majesty in the Cluny Museum (inv. no. Cl. 13070), have however been catalogued as either Spanish or Limousin (Taburet-Delahaye and Boehm, op. cit., no. 12). An intriguing feature of one of the present plaques is the partial engraving seen on its reverse, which indicates that it was used as a trial piece.


RELATED LITERATURE

M. M. Gauthier, Emaux Méridionaux: Catalogue international de l'oeuvre de Limoges, Vol. 1, L'époque romane, Paris, 1987, pls. XLIX-LIII, pl. LVIII, and pl. LXXII; E. Taburet-Delahaye and B. D. Boehm (eds.), L'Oeuvre de Limoges: Emaux limousins du Moyen Age, exh. cat. Musée du Louvre, Paris, and Metropolitan Museum, New York, 1995, pp. 90-97

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