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Mirror case, frame of 10 lobes (valve de miroir) (Front)

Mirror case, frame of 10 lobes (valve de miroir) (Front)
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Secular. Courtly love.

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Saint Petersburg, The State Hermitage Museum

Inv. F 2910


Height: 93 mm
Width: 91 mm
Depth: 9 mm

Castle of Love. Courting couples (meeting of lovers); two couples conversing; couple making a wreath; lady chucking a bearded man under the chin; man at a window; battlements; turrets.
Masks in the spandrels. Foliated corner terminals.

Koechlin Number: 1107

Koechlin 1924: France, 2nd half of the 14th century.
Kube 1925: France, 14th century.
Kryzhanovskaya 2014: France, 2nd third of the 14th century.


Back turned with a depression for (missing) mirror.

Object Condition
Vertical crack and several minor cracks. Two holes (top and left side).
Corner terminals chipped.

Collection of Prince Petr Soltykoff (b. c. 1801, d. 1889): his sale, Paris, Drouot, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, 29 April and 1 May 1861, lot 358 (purchased by Jacob). Collection of Lénard or Liénard (?), Paris, before 1878; collection of Baron Alexander von Stieglitz (b. 1814, d. 1884) (no. 133); acquired by the Stieglitz Museum of Applied Arts in 1878; transferred to the Hermitage in 1924.

R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, pp. 410, 443; II, no. 1107.
A. N. Kube, Reznaia kost'. Katalog [Ivory Carvings Catalogue Hermitage], (Leningrad [Saint-Petersburg], 1925), no. 97.
Westeuropäische Elfenbeinarbeiten aus der Eremitage Leningrad, exhibition catalogue, Berlin-Köpenick, Kunstgewerbemuseum, 1974, no. 81.
H. W. Hegemann, 'Westeuropäische Elfenbeinarbeiten aus der Eremitage Leningrad', in Weltkunst 45 (1975), pp. 1134-1136 (p. 1135).
M. Kryzhanovskaya, 'Kostianoi larets XIV veka i rodstvennye emu pamiatniki v sobranii Gosudarstvennogo Ermitazha', in Kul'tura i iskusstvo zapadnoevropeiskogo srednevekov'ia: materialy nauchnoi konferentsii (Moscow, 1981), pp. 277-288 (p. 288).
M. Kryzhanovskaya, Western European Medieval Ivories. Catalogue of the Collection (Зaпaднoeврoпeйскaя рeзнaя кoстъ Срeдних вeкoв. Кataлoг кoллeкции), (Saint Petersburg, 2014), no. 110.


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