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Wing, right (fragment of a diptych), 1 register, 3 arches across (plaquette; frise d'arcatures) (Back)

Wing, right (fragment of a diptych), 1 register, 3 arches across (plaquette; frise d'arcatures) (Back)
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Birmingham, Oscott College

Inv. 55

Wood (later frame);ivory

Height: 115 mm (with frame)
Width: 75 mm (with frame)

Crucifixion with the Virgin and Saint John the Evangelist; sun and moon.
Incised trefoils in the spandrels.

Institution's opinion 2015: French, 14th century.


Traces of two missing hinges on the left side.

Back of the ivory panel hidden by a wooded frame.
Three old labels with inscriptions: '2748', '1777' (possibly from auctions) and 'Oscott College'.

Object Condition
Hole in each gable; central hole in the upper part of the panel; two holes in the lower part of the panel.
The panel has broken into two pieces causing a loss in the background to the right of the Virgin. The panel was probably framed then, to keep the pieces together.

Possibly purchased for Oscott College or left to Oscott College by either Augustus Welby Pugin (b. 1812, d. 1852) or his benefactor, John Talbot, 16th Earl of Shrewsbury (b. 1791, d. 1852). Probably part of the ‘collection of miscellaneous ivory carvings depicting scenes from the gospels’ mentioned in the inventory drawn by Rev. William Greaney in 1880.


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