This enameled plaque originally crowned the top of a large, double-sided altar cross.
With chalk-white faces and deep brows, the angels mournfully bear witness to the Crucifixion of Jesus.
Their censers proclaim His death and allude to the consecration of bread into Christ's body, since incense was burned both at funerals and during Mass.
The balanced, elegiac composition, the richness of the colors, and the refinement of the vermicule background distinguish this object as one of the highest achievements of Limoges enamellers, renowned throughout medieval Europe.
Ex colls.: Louis-Fidel Debruge-Dumenil, Paris (before 1838); Baron Albert-Alexandre de Pourtales-Gorgier, Paris (1850); James Alexandre compte de Pourtales-Gorgier, Paris (1850); Louis-Auguste-Alfred I Beurdeley, Paris (1865); Stieglitz Museum, Saint Petersburg (1905–06); [Brimo de Laroussilhe, Paris (May 1933)]; Ernst and Martha Kofler-Truniger, Lucerne (before 1960); Keir Collection, London (before 1981 - 2001)