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Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68)

'Enamelled Coffer' c. 1855

Albumen print? | RCIN 2864553

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Photograph of the back side of an enamelled reliquary casket, created in the first half of the eighth century in Limoges and now in the collection of the Louvre, Paris (MR 343). The panel of the chest's body depicts four continuous archways, each including a draped saint or apostole. All figures are surrounded by rounded fleurons of various sizes and tones. The chest's lid is decorated similarly, while the bow of a key is jutting out from the chest's right side. For the object's front side please see photogrpah RCIN 2864553.

  • Creator(s)

    Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68) (photographer)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Packaging
          • Containers
            • Caskets
      • Industries, Crafts and Trades
        • Travel Goods
          • Chests (boxes)