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Openwork panels, part of a casket (plaque ajourée; coffret) (Detail, lid)

Openwork panels, part of a casket (plaque ajourée; coffret) (Detail, lid)
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Detail, front

Detail, lid

Detail, lid

Detail, lid

Detail, front

Detail (end, right)

Detail (end, right)

Detail, back

Detail, back

Detail, back

Detail (end, left)

Detail (end, left)


Body, front


End, left

End, right

Body, back

Secular. Courtly love.

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Paris, Musée du Louvre

MRR 83

Bone;metal (modern fittings);painted paper or parchment (checkered background);brown varnish (?);wood

Height: 110mm (max); 34mm (lid ivories); 44mm (side ivories)
Width: 148mm (max); 52mm (lid ivories); 33mm (side ivories)
Depth: 112mm

Register 1: Meeting of lovers (courting couples); ladies wearing pendant sleeves, and a horned headdress (bourrelet). Youth offering his lover a basket of flowers. Lady playing a portable organ; man playing the harp.
Register 2: Lady with a rod; youth with a purse and sceptre; hawk. Lady making a chaplet; offering of a flower.
Body, frontLady holding a flower. Youth holding a flower.End, rightLady removing her belt. Youth with a ewer and basin.
Body, back
Lady playing a portable organ. Youth playing a harp. Youth playing a double flute.
End, left
Lady with a hawk on her wrist. Youth holding a basket and a horn for a lure, in the shape of a raptor's leg.

Koechlin Number: 1314

Koechlin 1924: France, 1st half of the 15th century.
Gaborit-Chopin 2003 and Museum's opinion 2010: France (Burgundy?), c. 1430-1460.


Polychromy - Gilding
Faint traces of gilding and polychromy.

Object Condition
Ivory panels mounted on a modern wooden casket. All metalwork, including parts with gilt decoration, is also modern.
On bottom: labelled '952', 'A. 78', 'N 994', '80'.
Slots inside the wooden casket for tokens.

The casket features in a still life painted in 1868 by Blaise-Alexandre Desgoffe (Parke-Bernet, 25-26 February 1944, lot 150).

Collection of Pierre Révoil, Lyon; acquired from him by the musée du Louvre in 1828.

M. de Laborde, Notice des émaux, bijoux et objets divers exposés dans les galeries du musée du Louvre (Paris, 1857), no. 952.
A. Sauzay, Musée de la Renaissance [Musée du Louvre]. Notice des ivoires (Paris, 1863), no. 78.
E. Molinier, Musée National du Louvre. Catalogue des ivoires (Paris, 1896), no. 133.
J. von Schlosser, Die Werkstatt der Embriachi in Venedig, in Jahrbuch der kunsthistorischen Sammlungen des Allerhöchsten Kaiserhauses, 20 (1899), no. 84.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, pp. 524, 525, II, no. 1314, III, pl. CCXXVIII.
D. Gaborit-Chopin, Ivoires médiévaux, Ve-XVe siècle (Paris: Musée du Louvre, 2003), no. 245.


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