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A Sainted Bishop: M.28A & B-1904

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Current Location: In storage


A Sainted Bishop


Workshop: Unknown




Two rectangular pieces of a plaque, the upper piece wider than the lower piece. Copper, engraved, punched, and champlevé enamelled. A bishop with a halo indicated sainthood, seated under a Romanesque arch resting on acanthus capitals on columns whose lower parts are missing. He holds a crook in his left hand and a book in his right. In the background there are four- and eight-pointed stars and small discs reserved in a punched ground.


History note: Hollingworth Magniac, Colworth, Bedfordshire (17i6-1867); Charles Magniac; sold Christie’s, 2, 4-8 and 11-15 July 1892, Catalogue of the renowned collection of works of art chiefly formed by the late Hollingworth Magniac Esq. (known as the Colworth Collection), third day, 5 July, p. 79, part of lot 250B

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Frank McClean Bequest

Place(s) associated

  • Limoges ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1904) by McClean, Frank


13th Century, Early
Circa 1200 CE - 1225 CE


The four-pointed and eight-pointed stars, discs and stylised ornament reserved in the punched ground is characteristic of a group of enamels described as the 'Star Group of Enamels' by F.W. Stohlman in 1950 (see Documentation). The columns and arch are close to a plaque in the Musée de Cluny, Paris (no. 4522).

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel
Both Parts composed of copper
A Height 8.1 cm Width 11.1 cm
B Height 8.1 cm Width 7 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.28A & B-1904
Primary reference Number: 166014
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 24 August 2018 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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