Miniature Casket

French
13th century
c. 1250–1300
Champlevé enamel on copper
3 9/16 x 3 1/16 x 1 5/8 in. (9 x 7.7 x 4.2 cm)
AP 1979.27
Currently Not On View
The enameled decoration of this fine casket, produced in Limoges, features scrolling vines with fleurons on all four sides and lozenge patterns on the pitched roof. The enameled copper plaques of reliquaries are normally nailed to a wooden core; the absence of such a wooden carcass, along with the miniature scale of this casket, makes it difficult to ascertain its original function.

Provenance

(Ernest Brummer [1891-1964], Paris, New York, and Zurich), to 1964; Mrs. Ernest Brummer to 1979; (Brummer sale, Galerie Koller AG, Zurich, 17 October 1979, no. 237); purchased by Kimbell Art Foundation, Fort Worth, 1979.