Le “Roi de Bourges”
French, mid-thirteenth century
Silver gilt, worked in repoussé, with semiprecious stones. Plaque is on wooden mount covered in red velvet with gilt frame.
The figure is said to have been found in Bourges in 1902 during a demolition and has since been known as “the King of Bourges.” Stylistically, it is based on the same type as a mid thirteeenth-century painted stone figure of Childebert in the Louvre, Paris. The crown may be a nineteenth century addition.
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