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Clasp for a Secular Garment
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Clasp for a Secular Garment


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Credit
Description During the Middle Ages, copper mantle clasps with enameled decoration and gemstones were primarily made for church garments. This clasp from France was sewn onto fabric using holes around the borders. However, this piece, without figural representation and decorated with gemstones could have been worn with a secular garment.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
6/01/1962Treatmentcleaned
6/15/1983Examinationexamined for condition
5/09/2006Treatmentrepaired
Exhibitions
  • The Arts of Man. Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas. 1962.
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
  • Objects of Adornment: Five Thousand Years of Jewelry from the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York; Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio; Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa; Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu; New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee; Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis; Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota. 1984-1987.
  • Jewelry from the Walters Art Gallery and the Zucker Family Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1987.
  • Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry from the Walters Art Museum. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2006-2009.
  • Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry. El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso. 2010.
Provenance Victor Gay, Paris, by purchase; Collection of Victor Gay Sale, HĂ´tel Drouot, Paris, March 23, 1909, no. 35; Henri Daguerre, Paris, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1924, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1924

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Creator
Period
late 13th century (Medieval)
Medium
gilded copper, champlevé enamel, gemstones
(Enamels)
Accession Number
44.16
Measurements
H: 3 5/16 x W: 4 1/4 in. (8.41 x 10.8 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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