French, Limoges, circa 1210-1230 | Châsse with the Martyrdom of Saint Thomas Becket
Property from a Private Collection
French, Limoges, circa 1210-1230
Châsse with the Martyrdom of Saint Thomas Becket
partially gilt and champlevé enamelled copper, on a partial wood core
the upper plaque on the front, the lower plaque on the reverse, and the comb are later replacements
15.8 by 15.2 by 5.6cm., 6¼ by 6 by 2¼in. overall
The lower section at the back and the comb are later replacements. The upper section at the front is also either later or associated. Otherwise the condition is good, with some wear and minor surface dirt consistent with age. There are some losses to the enamel in the martyrdom panel, notably to the background on the left side and the upper right corner and the altar. Further minor losses to the enamel on the other panels. There is minor stable craquelure to the enamel consistent with the material. The nail on the upper left corner of the martyrdom panel is replaced. There is wear to the metal, including some warping and dents as well as rubbing to the gilding. There is evidence of past worming to the partial wood core.
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L. Guibert, Exposition retrospective de Limoges, 1886, pl. VIII;
S. Caudron, 'Les châsses reliquaires de Thomas Becket émaillées à Limoges', in Bulletin de la Société archéologique et historique du Limousin, vol. CXXI, 1993, pp. 66, 71 and 78;
S. Caudron and V. Notin, Thomas Becket et l'Oeuvre de Limoges (CD-rom, Corpus des Emaux méridionaux), Limoges, 2011, no. 45