This greetings card features a Plaque from Umbria, Italy, with a seasonal message written inside.
Objects in gilded glass (verre églomisé) were a speciality of the Italian region of Umbria in the Middle Ages and were particularly popular with the Franciscan order. The technique involves the etching of gold leaf that has been applied to glass. This panel, probably once the wing of a diptych, has decorative details added in red and green glazes as well as blank spaces which once held pieces of parchment and relics. The composition of the Nativity scene suggests the influence of the frescoes in the Lower Church, San Francesco at Assisi and of Duccio’s Maestà (Florence, Uffizi).
Message inside reads 'Happy Christmas & Best Wishes for the New Year'
Dimensions: H16cm x W11.5cm
Printed in the UK
Wallace Collection Exclusive
Object Details: Plaque, Umbria, Italy, late 14th Century.