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Medallion, lid of a box or mirror case (médaillon; valve de miroir) (Front)

Medallion, lid of a box or mirror case (médaillon; valve de miroir) (Front)
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Secular. Courtly love.

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Oslo, Nasjonalmuseet for kunst, arkitektur og design - The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design


Ivory;silver (later frame)

Height: 107mm
Width: 102mm
Depth: 5mm

Four compartments formed by the branches of trees in the centre and on the sides.
Register 1: Meeting of lovers (courting couples); youth chucking his lover under the chin. Lady crowning her kneeling lover with a chaplet.
Register 2: couple making a wreath; youth and lady plucking flowers from a tree. Seated couple; youth chucking his lover under the chin; lady holding a chaplet.

Koechlin Number: 1012bis

Koechlin 1924: France, 1st half of the 14th century.
Museum's opinion 2013: France, c. 1300-1350.


Flat and smooth, with some scoring. Chamfered along the edges. Plaster strip. If this piece once was a mirror case, the raised border and screw thread were subsequently filed.

Object Condition
A section to the left has broken off and been put back into place using a strip of plaster.

Given to the museum in 1899 by Mr. Andersen.

M. Knudtzon, Elfenbeinsspeillokk med høvisk kurtise, Galante Kjaerlighetsscener i Kunstindustrimuseet (Unpublished Master thesis, Oslo).
H. Dedekam, Beretning om Kristiana Kunstindustrimuseums Virksomhet (1920-1921), p. 12.
R. Koechlin, Les ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, p. 382; II, no. 1012bis.


© The National Museum of Art in Oslo/Photo: Annar Bjørgli.

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