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Wing, right (fragment of a diptych), 2 registers, 3 arches across (frise d'arcatures) (Front)

Wing, right (fragment of a diptych), 2 registers, 3 arches across (frise d'arcatures) (Front)
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Religious. Life of the Virgin.

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Height: 155mm
Width: 96mm
Depth: 7mm

Register 1: Coronation of the Virgin; angel crowning the Virgin; two kneeling angels holding candlesticks.
Register 2: Nativity and Annunciation to the Shepherds; musician shepherd playing the bagpipes; Virgin holding the left hand of Christ.
Incised trefoils in the spandrels.

Koechlin Number: 0327

Dalton 1912: France, 1st half of the 14th century.
London 1923: France, 14th century.
Koechlin 1924: France, 2nd third of the 14th century.
Museum's opinion 2011: France, 2nd quarter of the 14th century.


Traces of two missing hinges on the left side.

Flat and smooth. Engraved numbers: '35' and '36'. Round label with handwritten inscription by Bateman: 'Q.23. Side of a Diptych of the 14th century with the Coronation of the B. Virgin in the upper compartment and the Nativity with the Angels, shepherds &c in the lower, the whole beneath trefoil heaved [?] arcades. A fine specimen from Mr. Younge's collection Sheffield 1857, WB.'

Younge collection, Sheffield (in 1857). Bateman collection: Bateman sale, Sotheby's, London, 14 April 1893, lot 35, pl. III. Collection of Frank McClean: his bequest to the Fitzwilliam Museum in 1904.

O. M. Dalton, Catalogue of the Mediaeval Ivories, Enamels, Jewellery, Gems and Miscellaneous Objects Bequeathed to the Museum by Frank McClean, M.A., F.R.S. (Cambridge, 1912), no. 40, pl. X.
Catalogue of an Exhibition of Carvings in Ivory, exhibition catalogue, London, Burlington Fine Arts Club, 1923, no. 118, p. 77.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, pp. 174-175; II, no. 327.
On the Bateman collection, see: Vestiges of an Antiquarian, July 2009, The Pilot Web-site, http://www.bateman.dept.sheffield.ac.uk/, Accessed: 10 September 2012.


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