UNKNOWN GOLDSMITH, French
(active c. 1400 in Paris)

Goldenes Rössel

c. 1400
Gold and enamel, height 89 cm
Collegiate Church, Altötting

The Goldenes Rössel (Little Golden Horse), made of gold and precious gems, is the work of a Parisian goldsmith. It was presumably a New Year's gift for Charles VI from Queen Isabel in 1404. Above a subchamber that serves as a stage, the Madonna and Child with angels are enframed in an arbour of golden latticework adorned with pearls and other gems. In the subchamber, the king's courtier stands holding the reins of an elegant "Golden Ponny," which is pure gold enamelled white.




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