This deluxe box features a magnificent repoussé and gem-studded vision of Christ of the Pentecost, an image copied from an interior tympanum (twelfth century) in the Basilique Ste-Madeleine in Vézelay, the French town from which Bernard of Clairvaux preached the Second Crusade in 1146. the celebration of the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Christ’s disciples, Pentecost occurs 50 days after Easter. Information on the Vézeley tympanum provided by Dr. Martin Eidelberg.
About Alfred Daguet
Alfred-Louis-Achille Daguet was a metalsmith who specialized in repoussé copper panels made for application to hinged boxes, mantel clocks, picture frames, album covers, and elements of desk sets. His delicately rendered images of flowers, birds, sea creatures, bats, and an occasional gorilla were enriched with colorful cabochons, giving them a medieval appearance. Daguet, whose workshop was located above Siegfried Bing's famed boutique L'Art Nouveau, provided Bing's shop with metal-clad objets d'art. Famed actress Sarah Bernhardt owned pieces designed by Daguet. His work was exhibited at La Société des Artistes Français in 1903 and 1904. [Source: Jason Jacques]