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Writing tablet, 1 register, 3 arches across (frise d'arcatures; plaquette; tablette à écrire) (Front)

Writing tablet, 1 register, 3 arches across (frise d'arcatures; plaquette; tablette à écrire) (Front)
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Secular. Courtly love. Hunting scene.

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Antwerp, Museum Mayer van den Bergh



Height: 94mm
Width: 61mm

Hawking party; courting couple (meeting of lovers); couple embracing; two youths with a hawk on their wrists; lady with a hawk on her wrist; lady and youths on horseback; running dog.
Pointed trefoils.

Koechlin Number: 1195

Koechlin 1924: French, first half of the 14th century.
De Coo 1933: France, 2nd half of the 14th century.
De Coo 1969: France, 1st half of the 14th century.
Museum's opinion 2012: France (Paris), 1st half of the 14th century.


Recessed to receive the wax, with a raised border. Some scoring.

Object Condition
Central hole in the upper part of the panel.

Collection of Louis Fidel Debruge-Duménil (b. 1788; d. 1838): sale, Paris 12-15 March 1839, lot 260. Collection of Carlo Micheli (d. 1895?), Paris: sold with the rest of his collection in 1898 by his daughter, Marie Micheli, to Fritz Mayer van den Bergh (b. 1858, d. 1901), Antwerp; upon his death, his mother Henriëtte had a purpose-built museum erected (1901-1904) to house his collection.

R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, p. 437, n. 2; II, no. 1195.
J. De Coo, Catalogue du Musée Mayer van den Bergh (Antwerp, 1933), no. 226
Het Jagen, exhibition catalogue, Ijzendijke, 1953, no. 57.
J. De Coo, 'L'ancienne collection Micheli au Musée Mayer van den Bergh', in Gazette des Beaux Arts (Dec. 1965), no. 192.
J. De Coo, Museum Mayer Van den Bergh, Catalogus 2. Beeldhouwkunst, plaketten, antiek (Antwerp, 1969), no. 2104.
KIK/IRPA database: http://www.kikirpa.be/www2/wwwopac/en/object.html [accessed October 2009].


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