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This object is currently being catalogued
  • Morse
  • This object is currently being catalogued
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Probably Germany
  • c. 1400
    15th century (elements)
  • Gold and copper
  • Height: 14.5 cm
    Width: 14.5 cm
  • W21
  • Not on display
Commentary
History
  • A morse is a clasp for a bishop’s cope. This piece, showing the Virgin and Child between Angels, was until recently thought to have been created in the nineteenth-century, when renewed interest among among collectors in the art of the Middle Ages encouraged a strong market in forgeries. However, an almost identical example was found in a 14th-century hoard in the Czech Republic, so the morse may well be largely original. It has a distinguished provenance, having been owned by Augustus Charles Pugin and subsequently by his famous son Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812-52), the architect, writer and designer, who was the leading figure in the Gothic Revival in Britain.