Limoges enamel plaque after Gerard David’s Baptism of Christ
French, 19th Century
Height 21cm, width 33cm, depth 4cm
Composed of three Limoges enamel plaques set into a giltwood frame, this superb object is a wonderful example of 19th Century French decorative art. The triptych takes as its subject Gerard David’s 16th Century original, which David, a Northern artist, painted as an altarpiece. This plaque takes David’s vast original and transforms it into something wonderfully delicate. The central panel portrays the baptism of Christ, while the flanking side panels portray donor portraits—images of the people who commissioned David’s original. The three plaques are set into a beautiful giltwood frame.