Limoges second half 13th century
A Limoges enamel pyx, second half 13th century
Cast copper with gilt, engraved, and enamelled decor. This precious round host box has a hinged pointed lid surmounted by a cross. The dark brown areas are divided by pale blue borders and filled with stylised vines, figures, and armorials. The outer faces of the box depict Saint George killing the dragon and Samson with the lion, the lid shows two dragons and an eagle with a chimaera. The combination of the coats of arms depicted on the box and lid presumably refer to the French King Philipp IV (gold lilies on blue ground) and his wife Joan I of Navarre (three gold towers on red ground), who were married in 1284.
Wear with minor losses. Height 13 cm, diameter 7.8 cm.
Auctioned by A. Weinmüller, Munich 04.-06.10.1961. - Polish private collection.