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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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Berlin, Skulpturensammlung und Museum für Byzantinische Kunst

Inv. 649 (almost completely destroyed)


Height: 85mm (diameter)

Tournament; courting couples; ladies and youths (including a jester) observing the jousting knights in armour from a balcony; youth with a hawk on his wrist; offering of a chaplet; youth chucking his lover under the chin; two heralds blowing trumpets; horses; shields.
Corner terminals: crouching monsters.

Koechlin Number: 1037

Westwood 1876 and Vöge 1900: France, 14th century.
Volbach 1923: France, early 14th century.
Koechlin 1924: France, mid 14th century.
Dokumentation 2006: France, early 14th century.


Object Condition
In 1924
Lower part restored. Missing: two crouching monters.
Almost completely destroyed during WWII: one fragment has survived.

Bartholdi collection; acquired by the Kunstkammer in 1828; undocumented after 7 April 1945; one fragment returned by the Soviet Union to the Museum in 1958.

J. O. Westwood, Fictile Ivories in the South Kensington Museum (London, 1876), no. 867 (`73.326).
J. von Hefner-Alteneck, Trachten (Frankfurt, 1879), III (1882), pl. 153.
W. Vöge, Die Königlichen Museen zu Berlin. Beschreibung der Bildwerke der christlichen Epochen. Zweite Auflage. Elfenbeinwerke (Berlin, 1900), no. 91, pl. XXXII.
W. F. Volbach, Die Bildwerke des Deutschen Museums, Die Elfenbeinbildwerke (Berlin, 1923), p. 47, pl. 56.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, pp. 386, 387, 488; II, no. 1037.
Dokumentation der Verluste. Skulpturensammlung, VII: Skulpturen, Möbel (Berlin, 2006), p. 241.


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