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Christ Driving the Moneylenders from the Temple: M.4-1954

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Current Location: In storage

Titles

Christ Driving the Moneylenders from the Temple

Maker(s)

Maker: Ydieux, Martial
Printmaker: Dürer, Albrecht (After)

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Description

Copper, enamelled en grisaille with Christ driving the Moneylenders from the Temple, and gilded. Signed ‘M.D.’ with a dot inside the D.

Rectangular very convex copper plaque, enamelled en grisaille and with pale pink on a black ground, and gilded. The black appears dark mulberry-brown round the edges.The technique of enlevage was used to model the figures. The reverse has cloudy, and bubbly translucent counter-enamel with many pin holes of different sizes, and red oxydization spots. The action takes place inside the temple. On the left is a doorway with a horizontal architrave, and on the right, an archway with a circular window above it. To left of centre there is a row of receding cylindrical columns and to the right on the wall, a sconce with a lighted candle. Christ stands in front of the columns, whielding a twisted rope in his right hand to drive the money lenders away. His back is turned to the viewer and he looks down towards a money lender who lies on his back on the ground at his feet, with an upturned stool table, a bag of money and a heap of gold coins beside him. Two men flee towards the arch on the right, in which are three other men, and a priest who is looking towards the action. On the left is an upturned stool, a man holding a sacrificial sheep, and three partly visible figures, one a woman, standing beside the doorway. Above the circular window there is a tabella ansata bearing the initials ‘M.D.’ with a dot inside the D. The gilding is restricted to the heap of coins, Christ’s aureole, the candle flame, and a line round the edge of the scene.

Notes

History note: Andrew Fountaine IV; Christie’s, 16 June, 1884, and following days, Catalogue of the Celebrated Fountaine Collection of Majolica, Henri II. Ware, Palissy Ware, Nevers Ware, Limoges Enamels . . . Removed from Narford Hall, Norfolk, second day, p. 34, lot 260; Colnaghi (£97.13.0 with lot 259). Stephenson Clarke. Mrs Dendy Marshall.

Legal notes

Given by Mrs Dendy Marshall

Measurements and weight

Depth: 1.3 cm
Height: 15.3 cm
Width: 12.4 cm

Relative size of this object

12.4 cm15.3 cm1.3 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Limoges ⪼ Haute Vienne ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1954-10-21) by Marshall, Dendy, Mrs

Dating

Third quarter of 16th century
Circa 1550 - 1575

Note

The subject, Christ driving the Money Lenders from the Temple is described in John 2, 13-16: ‘Jesus went up to Jerusalem, And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen: and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables; And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house a house of merchandise.’ The design was copied from the woodcut in the Small Passion of c. 1509-11 by Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528).

School or Style

Renaissance

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( dark mulberry-brown appearing black, white, pale pink; clear counter-enamel) gold
Plaque composed of copper

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Rectangular label printed with ‘7’ in black

  • Text: 7
  • Location: On back
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: af (the label) 7

  • Text: af 7
  • Location: On back flanking the label
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.4-1954
Primary reference Number: 156458
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 2 February 2021 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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