No doubt made for Jacques de Vitry during his time in Saint John of Acre, this portable altar contains several saints’ relics, including one of Bernard de Clairvaux. Stylistically of French inspiration, it represents Christ on the Cross with the Virgin and Saint John. During this period, a portable altar would be an indispensable object for an episcopal chapel. It was bequeathed to the Priory of Oignies after Jacques de Vitry’s death.
Portable altar, said to have belonged to Jacques de Vitry
Undetermined workshop (Acre ?)
Marble, copper, gold, enamel
22 x 17.5 x 2.5 cm
Donated by the Sisters of Notre-Dame de Namur
Musée provincial des Arts anciens du Namurois-Trésor d'Oignies (TreM.a)
Inv. no. TO 25