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Description This censer made in Germany is typical of the style popular in western Europe at the end of the fifteenth century. The intersecting raised bands mimic the complex vaulting systems used in late Gothic churches, and the openwork areas are reminiscent of the tracery found in the windows of these buildings.
Date Description Narrative
2/14/1966Treatmentcleaned; coated
  • All that Glisters: Thirty Centuries of Golden Deception. Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration, New York. 1950.
  • Love and War: A Manual for Life in the Late Middle Ages. National Gallery of Art, Washington. 1998-1999.
  • Encompassing the Globe. Freer Gallery of Art, Washington. 2007.
  • A Feast for the Senses: Art and Experience in Medieval Europe. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota. 2016-2017.
Provenance Frédéric Spitzer, Paris, by purchase; Sale, Paul Chevallier and Charles Mannheim, April 17, 1893, no. 347; Charles Borradaile, Brighton, by purchase; George Robinson Harding, London, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1912, by purchase.
Inscriptions [Inscription] On interior: 1498
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1912

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1498 (Early Modern)
gilded silver
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
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Overall H with chain: 28 3/4 in. (73 cm); Body H: 10 x Diam: 4 9/16 in. (25.4 x 11.6 cm); Hanger H: 2 11/16 x Diam: 3 1/4 in. (6.8 x 8.3 cm)


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