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Reliquary: M.4-1918

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Current Location: Gallery 32 (Rothschild)


Production: Unknown




Copper plaques, champlevé, enamelled, engraved, and gilt, with three applied settings for gems, now lost (originally six, two oval and two rectangular, mounted on a wooden carcase, lined with blue paper. The rectangular reliquary stands on four short legs and has a roof with slopes on the front and back.
On the front of the roof are two half length angels holding books reserved in the metal. The front side is similarly decorate. The back of the sloping roof and the back side are decorated with a large diapered lozenge pattern in enamel, blue and red. The gable end has a standing figure of a saint holding a book, reserved in the metal against an enamelled background. The other gable end is now without a plaque, but it was probably identical. The back side of the chasse is hinged and has a lock. The inside is lined with a paper of blue, with white stars

Inside is a label inscribed 'Byzantine chasse from the convent of Martalogas, Province of Walladolid. Band: June 1975. Underneath is a label inscribed 'bought at Christmas 16/7/90, Mutton Coll. 2118


History note: The convent at Martalogas, Province of Valladolid, Spain. A French collection, no. 823; J.F. Hutton, Manchester; sold Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 16 July 1890, Catalogue of the Valuable Collection of Objects of Art of J.F. Hutton, Esq., Deceased, late of Manchester, p. 5, lot 35; bought for £38 by the Rev. E.S. Dewick, from whom purchased by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam with other items

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Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Depth: 6.2 cm
Height: 13.8 cm
Length: 13.5 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Limoges ⪼ Haute Vienne ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1918-04-04) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


Second half of 13th century
Circa 1250 CE - 1300 CE

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Components of the work

Carcase composed of wood
Decoration composed of enamel
Plaques composed of copper
Deoration composed of gold

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 823 Byzantine chasse from the convent of Martalogas, province of Valladolid. Band: June 75.
  • Location: Inside
  • Method of creation: Hand-written
  • Type: Label
  • Text: Bought at Christies 17/7/90, Hutton Coll.£118.
  • Location: Underneath
  • Method of creation: Hand-written
  • Type: Label
  • Text: 823 . . . 500 frs.
  • Location: Underneath
  • Method of creation: Hand-written
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.4-1918
Primary reference Number: 131085
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 26 January 2021 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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