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Diptych, 2 registers, with quatrefoils (quatre-feuilles) (Front)

Diptych, 2 registers, with quatrefoils (quatre-feuilles) (Front)
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Religious. Infancy of Christ.

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Paris, Musée du Louvre

OA 103

Ivory;silver (hinges;modern chain for hanging)

Height: 193mm
Width: 104mm (each wing)
Depth: 9mm

Wing, left
Register 1: Annunciation; vase of lilies; standing Virgin holding a book; dove of the Holy Spirit.
Register 2: Adoration of the Magi.
Wing, right
Register 1: Nativity with Annunciation to the Shepherds.
Register 2: Crucifixion, with jet of blood striking the Virgin's chest; swooning Virgin supported by Holy Women; saint John the Evangelist and onlookers holding scrolls; sun and moon.

Koechlin Number: 0315

Koechlin 1924: France, beginning of the 2nd third of the 14th century.
Gaborit-Chopin 2003 and Museum's opinion 2010: Paris, c. 1320-1340.

Atelier of the Cracow casket (Gaborit-Chopin 2003)

Two hinges.

Wax seal with labels 'cat. no. 60', 'A 35'.

Object Condition
Ivory badly cracked. Silver hinges in poor condition, with early restoration.
Missing: part of the jet of blood in the Crucifixion scene (repaired).
Small modern chain, for hanging.

Collection of Alexandre-Charles Sauvageot, Paris (no. 223); Gift of A.-C. Sauvageot, 1856.

A. Sauzay, Musée impérial du Louvre. Catalogue du musée Sauvageot (Paris, 1861), no. 223.
A. Sauzay, Musée de la Renaissance [Musée du Louvre]. Notice des ivoires (Paris, 1863), no. 35.
E. Molinier, Musée National du Louvre. Catalogue des ivoires (Paris, 1896), no. 60.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, p. 174, 181, 200; II, no. 315, III, pl. LXXVII.
D. Gaborit-Chopin, Ivoires médiévaux, Ve-XVe siècle (Paris: Musée du Louvre, 2003), no. 158.
J. Warren, Medieval and Renaissance Sculpture in the Ashmolean Museum, 3 vols (Oxford, 2014), Vol. 2: Sculptures in Stone, Clay, Ivory, Bone and Wood, pp. 576, in relation to no. 169.


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