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Complete rosary of 58 beads, 4 faces (chapelet) (Detail)

Complete rosary of 58 beads, 4 faces (chapelet) (Detail)
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Secular. Memento mori.

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Paris, Musée du Louvre

OA 149

Ivory;gilt metal;silk

Height: 705mm (length); 10mm (small); 15mm (large)

Each bead: head of Christ, head of the Virgin, heads of man and/or head of lady.
Side 1: Crucifixion.
Side 2: standing Virgin and Child.

Koechlin Number: 1232

Sauzay 1863: Italy, 16th century.
Molinier 1896: Flanders, 16th century.
Koechlin 1924: Flemish (?), 1st third of the 16th century.
Châlons-en-Champagne 2007-2008: France, 19th century in 16th century style.
Malgouyres 2010: France, 19th century (before 1856) in 16th century style.


Carved in the round.

Each bead has four faces always including the head of Christ and that of the Virgin. The number and repartition of the beads indicate that this is a 19th-century creation (see Malgouyres 2010).

Acquired by Charles Sauvageot in 1856 (recorded as '2682. chapelet ou couronne de 31 petits grains et 6 grains terminés par un christ 1200 [fr.]): given by him to the Musée du Louvre in 1856.

A. Sauzay, Musée impérial du Louvre. Catalogue du musée Sauvageot (Paris, 1861), no. 288, p. 68.
A. Sauzay, Musée de la Renaissance [Musée du Louvre]. Notice des ivoires (Paris, 1863), no. A. 115, p. 39.
E. Molinier, Musée National du Louvre. Catalogue des ivoires (Paris, 1896), no. 160, p. 304.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, p. 449; II, no. 1232.
G. Van Bever, Les 'Tailleurs d'Yvoire' de la Renaissance au 19e siècle (Bruxelles, 1946), p. 8.
A. Maskell, Ivories (Rutland-Tokyo, 1966), p. 347.
Histoires d'ivoire. Collections du Musée du Louvre et des musées de Châlons-en-Champagne, exhibition catalogue, Châlons-en-Champagne, Musée des Beaux-Arts et d'Archéologie, 2007-2008, no. 49 (P. Malgouyres).
P. Malgouyres, Ivoires de la Renaissance et des Temps Modernes. La Collection du Musée du Louvre (Paris, 2010), no. 281.
P. Williamson and G. Davies, Medieval Ivory Carvings 1200-1550 (London, 2014), in relation to no. 166.


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