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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, Kunstgewerbemuseum

Inv. F 1337


Height: 71mm
Width: 70mm
Depth: 8mm

Meeting of lovers (courting couples); youth kneeling before a lady; couple conversing; youth chucking his lover under the chin; youth holding a chaplet; lady crowning her kneeling lover with a chaplet.
Four compartments formed by the branches of a tree dividing in the centre.
Corner terminals: four crouching monsters.

Koechlin Number: 1013

Koechlin 1924: France, 1st half of 14th century.
Berlin 1987: France (?), early 14th century.
Museum's opinion 2012: France (Paris), 1st third of 14th century.


Back turned with a depression for (missing) mirror.

Object Condition
Missing: ears of the upper left monster; lower part of the body of the lower right monster; part of the left edge at the back (35mm).

Collection of Prof. Robert Forrer, Strasbourg; collection of Albert Figdor, Vienna; bought by the Museum on 15 August 1935.

R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, p. 382; II, p. 373, no. 1013.
...und um Berlin herum. 750 Jahre europäische Kulturgeschichte im Kunstgewerbemuseum, exhibition catalogue, Berlin, Kunstgewerbemuseum, 1987, p. 10.


© Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Photography: Stefan Büchner.

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