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Casket (coffret) (End, left)

Casket (coffret) (End, left)
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Front

Body, back

End, left

Front

End, right

Back

End, right

End, right

Front

Body, front

Back

Lid

Lid

Body, back

Front

With replacement front panel

Front

Replacement front panel; 19th century

Detail

Subject
Secular. Romance. Courtly love.

Repository Institution
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New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art

17.190.173; 1988.16

Ivory

109mm x 253mm x 159mm

Lid
Attack on the Castle of Love; knights in armour assaulting the castle; couples throwing flowers from the castle battlements; queen holding a sword; elopement; couple eloping on horseback; bridge decorated with rosettes; couple in a boat; knight chucking his lover under the chin; trees. Tournament; youth with a hawk on his wrist; couples observing the jousting knights in armour from a balcony; two heralds blowing trumpets; horses; helm decorated with a bird; shields; lattice pattern on the balcony; queen holding a dog. Attack on the Castle of Love; knights in armour assaulting the castle; ladies making a wreath; ladies pouring baskets of roses on the attackers; ladies throwing flowers from the battlements; catapult to throw baskets of roses; knights brandishing stems of flowers; knight climbing a ladder.
Body, front
Aristotle teaching Alexander; tent. Phyllis riding Aristotle, Alexander watching from the castle battlements. Pyramus and Thisbe; Thisbe and the lion; Thisbe finds refuge from the lion in a tree; lion with a piece of Thisbe's veil in its mouth. Death of Pyramus and Thisbe; fountain.
End, right
A knight in armour and on horseback delivers a lady from a wild man; the knight kills the wild man with his spear. Galahad receives the key of the castle of maidens; trees.
Body, back
Gawain in armour fighting the lion. Lancelot crossing the sword bridge, with spears falling from the sky. Gawain on the perilous bed; bed on wheels and with bells; shield with a lion paw; spears falling from the sky. The three maidens at the Château Merveil.
End, left
Tristan and Iseult conversing; dog on Iseult's lap; Tristan with a hawk on his wrist; king Mark in the tree; fountain reflecting king Mark's face; fountain decorated with lion heads. Capture of the unicorn; hunter spearing the unicorn; maiden holding a mirror.
Replacement front panel
Aristotle teaching Alexander. Phyllis riding Aristotle. Fountain of Youth.


Koechlin Number: 1284

Molinier 1890: France, 14th century.
Molinier 1904: France, 14th century.
Koechlin 1924: France, 1st quarter of the 14th century.
New York 1975: France, 14th century.
New York 1980-1981: Paris, mid-14th century.
Randall 1985: France, 1330-1350.
Museum's opinion 2012: France (Paris), circa 1320-1340.


Reverse
Carved on all sides.

Object Condition
As the front panel was only reunited with the others in 1988, another panel featuring the Fountain of Youth acted as a replacement panel (see certain older photographs).

Comments
The original front panel was acquired in 1988 by the museum separately from the other parts of this casket, hence the two different inventory numbers.

Provenance
Front panel (1988.16)
Private collection, Sevenoaks, Kent, England. Collection of Alain Moatti, Paris; bought from him by the Museum in 1988.

All other panels (17.190.173)
Sir Francis Douce (b. 1754, d. 1824); Samuel Rush Meyrick; Frédéric Spitzer (d. 1890), Paris: sale, 1893; Collection of Baron Albert Oppenheim, Cologne: sale 1906; collection of J. Pierpont Morgan (d. 1913), London and New York; estate of J. Pierpont Morgan (1913-1917); gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917.

Bibliography
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W. Maskell, Ivories Ancient and Mediaeval in the South Kensington Museum (London, 1872), Appendix, pp. 176-177, no. 7.
La Collection Spitzer (Paris, 1890), I, p. 52, no. 79 (E. Molinier).
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L'art au temps des rois maudits: Philippe le Bel et ses fils (1285-1328), exhibition catalogue, Paris, Grand Palais, 1998, no. 101.
Mirror of the Medieval World, exhibition catalogue, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999, no. 156, pp. 133-135 (C. T. Little).
P. M. Carns, 'Compilation in Ivory: The Composite Casket in the Metropolitan Museum', in Gesta, 44/2 (2005), pp. 69-88.
E. L'Estrange, 'Gazing at Gawain: Reconsidering Tournaments, Courtly Love, and the Lady Who Looks', in Medieval Feminist Forum 44, no. 2 (2008), pp. 74-96 (pp. 82, 83, 85, 94-95, fig. 4-5, 7). Available at: http://ir.uiowa.edu/mff/vol44/iss2/11 (accessed 10-10-2012).


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