Binding plate in champlevé copper, repoussé, engraved and enamelled with minute traces of gilding representing Christ on the cross between the Virgin and Saint John, surmounted by two angel busts with erect wings, enamelled in blue, light blue, green, turquoise and red. The background, divided by a horizontal band, is decorated with discs and four cross-shaped leaves of different sizes; the figures of Christ, the Virgin, John and the angels are in bas-relief with their heads in high relief; the hand of God in the upper part surmounting the titulus bearing the Christic monogram IHS; three circular arcs in the lower part surrounding tri-lobed arches. Limoges, ca. 1200Height: 23.5 cm - Width: 10.2 cm(missing parts and plates formerly cut at the corners)Works consulted: Exhibitions Paris - New York 1995-1996, L'OEuvre de Limoges - Emaux limousins du Moyen Age, Musée du Louvre - The Metropolitan Museum of Art, cat.; M.M. Gauthier, E. Antoine et D.Gaborit-Chopin, Corpus des émaux méridionaux - L'apogée 1190-1215, Ed. du Louvre, 2011. The elegance of the elongated silhouettes of Marie and Jean, the beautiful quality of the engraving, the simplicity of the circular rosettes and their close symmetrical arrangement place this binding plate early enough in the production of Limoges champlevé enamels, at the turn of the 12th and 13th centuries.