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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. 8511 (almost completely destroyed)


Height: 88mm

Couple playing chess in a tent; man with his left hand around the pole supporting the tent; courting couple (meeting of lovers); lady holding two chess pieces in her left hand.
Corner terminals: four crouching monsters.

Koechlin Number: 1049

Koechlin 1924: France, 1st half of the 14th century.
Dokumentation 2006: France, 1st half of 14th century.


Object Condition
Prior to WWII
Central hole in the upper part of the case.
Almost completely destroyedd in WWII; four fragments have survived.

Figdor collection, Vienna; acquired by the Museum in 1935; undocumented after 7 April 1945; four fragments returned by the Soviet Union to the Museum in 1958.

H. d'Allemagne, Récréations et Passe-Temps (Paris, 1906), pl. opposite p. 32.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, p. 348; II, no. 1049; pl. CLXXX.
Dokumentation der Verluste. Skulpturensammlung, VII: Skulpturen, Möbel (Berlin, 2006), p. 244.
P. Williamson and G. Davies, Medieval Ivory Carvings 1200-1550 (London, 2014), in relation to no. 196.


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