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Mirror case (valve de miroir) (Front)

Mirror case (valve de miroir) (Front)
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Secular. Courtly love.

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Münster, LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur (Westfälisches Landesmuseum)

Inv. G 15 WKV


Height: 90 cm (diameter)
Depth: 10 cm

Courting couple (meeting of lovers); offering of the heart; youth kneeling before a lady; trees.
Corner terminals: four crouching monsters.

Koechlin Number: 0996

Berlin 1914: Northern France, after 1300.
Koechlin 1924: France, early 14th century.
Münster 1968: Northern France (?), c. 1300.
Münster 2001: Paris, c. 1300.


Back turned with a depression for (missing) mirror.

Object Condition
Two central holes in the upper part of the piece. Holes in the upper right and lower left corner terminals.
Deep vertical cracks.

Acquired in Burgsteinfurt; collection of Colonel von Franckenberg; acquired by the Westfälischer Kunstverein in 1879; on extended loan from the Westfälischer Kunstverein.

Westfälischer Altertümer und Kunsterzeugnisse, exhibition catalogue, Münster, Landesmuseum Münster, 1879, no. 965.
Das Landesmuseum der Provinz Westfalen in Münster, dir. by M. Geisberg, ed. by B. Meier (Berlin, 1914), I: Die Skulpturen, p. 104, no. 247, pl. XXXXIX.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, p. 377; II, no. 996; III, pl. CLXXVI.
Westfälischer Kunstverein, Mitteilungen vol. 4 (October 1936).
B. Korzus, Landesmuseum Münster: Kunst und Kulturgeschichte. Eine Auswahl (Münster, 1968), pp. 138-139.
Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Münster, Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe: Das Kunstwerk des Monats (August 2001).


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