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Panel (lid; fragment of a casket; coffret) (Front)

Panel (lid; fragment of a casket; coffret) (Front)
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Secular. Courtly love.

Repository Institution

Cleveland, The Cleveland Museum of Art



Height: 130mm
Width: 262mm
Depth: 10mm

Scene 1: Elopement (variation on Attack on the Castle of Love); lovers on a horse; couples watching from the castle battlements; offering of a chaplet (gift of a chaplet); youth chucking his lover under the chin; bridge; youth in a boat.
Scene 2: Tournament; ladies (including a queen) and youths observing the jousting knights in armour from a balcony; two heralds in trees blowing trumpets; horses; shields.
Scene 3: Attack on the Castle of Love; knight in armour and ladies watching from the castle battlements; catapult throwing flowers; knights in armour assaulting the castle; ladies throwing flowers from the battlements; knight climbing a ladder.

Koechlin Number: 1288

Koechlin 1924: France, 1st half of the 14th century.
Museum's opinion 2010: French (Lorraine?), c. 1330-1350.


Object Condition
Thirty-one drilled holes, nineteen of which have been filled with an ivory-like material. Numerous cracks.The three columns have been re-carved and pigmented to match the rest of the panel. Some of the original carving was altered when the columns were re-carved.

Trivulzio collection, Milan (before 1897). Collection of Robert von Hirsch, Frankfurt-am-Main (until 1933) and Basel: sold, Sotheby's, Parke Bernet, London, 22 June 1978, lot 290; bought by the museum thanks to the John L. Severance Fund.

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R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), II, no. 1288.
W. Hugelshofer, 'Aus Einer Basler Privatsammlung', in DU 12 (1951), p. 58, repr. pp. 52-53.
W. D. Wixom, 'Eleven Additions to the Medieval Collection', in Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art (1979), pp. 86-151 (pp. 110-126).
'The Year in Review 1978', in Cleveland Museum of Art Bulletin (1979), pp. 11, 42
Deutsche Literatur im Mittelalter: Kontakte und Perspektiven. Hugo Kuhn zum Gedenken, ed. by C. Cormeau (Stuttgart, 1979), pp. 494-495, fig. 28.
E. W. Kleinbauer, 'Recent Major Acquisitions of Medieval Art by American Museums', in Gesta 19/1 (1980), pp. 71-72.
B. A. Kathman, A Cleveland Bestiary, exhibition catalogue, Cleveland Museum of Art, 1981, no. 6, pp. 2, 12-13.
R. Martin Nagy, Textiles in the Daily Life of the Middle Ages, exhibition catalogue, Cleveland Museum of Art, 1985, no. 24, pp. 47-48 and 60.
Ivory: An International History and Illustrated Survey (New York, 1987), p. 106.
Survival of the Gods: Classical Mythology in Medieval Art, exhibition catalogue, Providence, Rhode Island, Brown University Bell Gallery, 1987, no. 20, pp. 64-65.
M. Gibson, The Liverpool Ivories: late antique and medieval ivory and bone carving in Liverpool Museum and the Walker Art Gallery (London, 1994), p. 98.
S. N. Fliegel, Arms and Armor (Cleveland, 2007), p. 68.
H. A. Klein, S. N. Fliegel, V. Brilliant, Sacred Gifts and Worldly Treasures: Medieval Masterworks from the Cleveland Museum of Art, exhibition catalogue, Cleveland Museum of Art, 2007, no. 67, pp. 188-189.
P. Williamson and G. Davies, Medieval Ivory Carvings 1200-1550 (London, 2014), in relation to no. 227.


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