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Lid (fragment of a casket), 1 register (coffret) (Front)

Lid (fragment of a casket), 1 register (coffret) (Front)
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Secular. Courtly love. Romance.

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Liverpool, National Museums Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery

M 8052


Height: 118mm
Width: 213mm
Depth: 7mm

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; lady with a dog; two youths blowing trumpets; horses; shields with flowers.
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: 1291

Gatty 1883: French, 14th century.
London 1923: French, 14th century.
Koechlin 1924: France, 1st half of the 14th century.
Liverpool Ivories 1954: French, 1st half of 14th century.
Gibson 1994 and Museum's opinion 2010: French, 1st half of the 14th century.


Object Condition
Missing: metal handle (raised discs of ivory where it was attached), and metal fittings; ivory upper edge (replaced); upper right corner broken.

Stylistically and iconographically related to six other Parisian caskets (see Koechlin 1281-1287). Also related to Cleveland Museum of Art, John L. Severance Fund, 78.39 (Gibson 1994).

Joseph Mayer collection (by 1855): given by Joseph Mayer to the town of Liverpool in 1867.

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C. T. Gatty, Catalogue of Mediaeval and Later Antiquities contained in the Mayer Museum (Liverpool, 1883), no. 67.
J. Carter, Specimens of Ancient Sculpture and Painting now Remaining in England, 2nd edition by D. Turner, S. R. Meyrick, J. Britton (London, 1887), pp. 146-147, pl. cxiii-cxiv.
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