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Diptych, 1 register, 3 arches across (plaquettes; frise d'arcatures) (Front)

Diptych, 1 register, 3 arches across (plaquettes; frise d'arcatures) (Front)
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Wing, left


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Baltimore, Walters Art Museum

Inv. 71.276

Ivory;metal (hinges)

Height: 205mm
Width: 128mm (per wing)
Depth: 10mm

Wing, left
Standing Virgin and Child (Vierge glorieuse); angel crowning the Virgin; two angels holding candlesticks; two angels swinging censers.
Wing, right
Crucifixion, with jet of blood striking the Virgin's chest; two angels crying; swooning Virgin supported by Holy Women; saint John the Evangelist and onlookers holding scrolls.
Brickwork or tiled roof.

Koechlin Number: 0569

Koechlin 1924: France, 3rd quarter of the 14th century.
Randall 1966: Paris?, 1370-1385.
Paris 1981: Paris, ca. 1350-1360.
Randall 1985: France (Paris), 1350-1360.
Randall 1993: German (Cologne?), 2nd quarter of the 14th century.
Gaborit-Chopin 1994 and Museum's opinion 2010: Paris, c. 1350.


Two hinges.

Late 14th-century inscription: series of dates for special services and the words 'Ardenus Grassus de Morario, loci de Burossa, Lascurensis diocesis' indicating a provenance in Buros, near Pau (diocese of Lescar).

Object Condition
Missing: left hand of the crowning angel; jet of blood partly broken.

Buros, near Pau (diocese of Lescar) in the late 14th century (see inscription transcribed in 'back description' field). George de Waroquier collection, Toulouse. Sigismond Bardac collection (no. 39), Paris: sold to Arnold Seligmann, Paris; bought in 1922 by Henry Walters from Arnold Seligmann in New York; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.

Baron de Bouglon, 'Note sur un diptyque d'ivoire du 14e siècle', in Bulletin de la société archéologique du Midi, 1901, p. 326.
H. Leman, Collection Sigismond Bardac (Paris, 1913), no. 39.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, p. 195, 199, 207, 217, 220-224, II, no. 569; III, pl. C.
C. R. Morey, 'A Group of Gothic Ivories in the Walters Art Gallery', in Art Bulletin, 18 (1936), pp. 199ff.
C. R. Morey, Gli oggetti di avorio e di osso del Museo Vaticano (Vatican City, 1936), p. 39.
C. R. Morey, 'Italian Gothic Ivories', in Medieval Studies in Memory of A. Kingsley Porter (Cambridge, Mss., 1939), I, p. 191.
The International Style: The Arts of Europe around 1400, ed. by P. Verdier, exhibition catalogue, Baltimore, Walters Art Gallery, 1962, no. 181.
R. H. Randall, 'The Medieval Artist and Industrialized Art', in Apollo 84 (December 1966), pp. 434-441, fig. 8.
R. H. Randall, Medieval Ivories in the Walters Art Gallery (Baltimore, 1969), no. 16.
Les Fastes du Gothique: le siècle de Charles V, ed. by F. Baron, exhibition catalogue, Paris, Grand Palais, 1981, no. 151.
R. H. Randall, Masterpieces of Ivory from the Walters Art Gallery (New York, 1985), no. 297.
R. H. Randall, The Golden Age of Ivory: Gothic Ivory Carvings in North American Collections (New York, 1993), p. 15.
D. Gaborit-Chopin, 'L'Ordre du Saint-Esprit. Les anges d'Anne de Bretagne', in Revue du Louvre (February 1994), pp. 25-26, fig. 26.


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