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The Temptation or Fall: M.113-1961

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Current Location: Gallery 17 (Flower)


The Temptation or Fall


Maker: Reymond, Pierre (Workshop of)




Circular copper plaque enamelled en grisailled and gilded.

Circular and slightly convex copper plaque, enamelled en grisaille on a black ground, and gilded. The enamel round the edge appears dark brown. Small blobs of white are used to highlight the features.The reverse is faintly scored and has translucent counter-enamel with several dark-brown bubbles, pin-holes, and blackened areas round the edges.
On the left, Adam sits on a rock, holding out his left hand to receive an apple from Eve’s right hand. Eve stands with her right leg relaxed and her left arm raised to pluck another fruit from the Tree of Knowledge which is entwined by the Serpent. She looks over her left shoulder towards a goat on the right. In the background there are slender tree trunks with a few leaves. The edge is encircled by a gold band. When acquired the roundel had a tortoiseshell case


History note: Uncertain before testator

Legal notes

Louis.C.G. Clarke Bequest, 1960

Measurements and weight

Height: 2 cm
Width: 4.1 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Limoges ⪼ Haute Vienne ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1960) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


16th Century, third quarter#
Circa 1550 CE - 1570 CE


This pendant might have been mounted as a pendant or hat badge

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel gold
Plaque composed of copper

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: ‘PR’ over ‘I’
  • Location: On back
  • Method of creation: Painted in black enamel
  • Type: Initial

Inscription present: A brown paper label bearing the museum accession number was removed in July 2000 because it was concealing the mark.

  • Text: M.113-1961
  • Location: On back
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.113-1961
Primary reference Number: 156460
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 14 March 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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