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Mirror case (valve de miroir) (Front)

Mirror case (valve de miroir) (Front)
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Secular. Courtly love.

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Seattle, Seattle Art Museum, Donald E. Frederick Memorial Collection



Height: 115mm
Width: 108mm
Depth: 13mm

Attack on the Castle of Love; ladies defending the Castle of Love; ladies throwing flowers from the battlements; knights in armour; knights climbing trees; knight holding a sword by its blade; knight on horseback holding a basket of roses; shield with three flowers; falchion.
Corner terminals: four crouching monsters.

Calkins 1968: French, Ile-de-France, c. 1320-1350.
Lawrence 1969: French (Paris), c. 1320-1350.
Ann Arbor 1975: French (Paris), c. 1320-1350.
Randall 1993: French (Paris), 1330-1350.


Back turned with a depression for (missing) mirror.

Object Condition
Some cracks.

Collection of Baroness Lambert, Brussels. Collection of Baron Gustave de Rothschild, Paris. Bought from Rosenberg and Stiebel, New York, in 1949.

S. E. Lee, 'Two Medieval Ivories in the Seattle Art Museum', in Art Quarterly, XII (1949), pp. 191-193 (esp. pp. 192-193).
Seattle Art Museum Handbook (Seattle, 1951), p. 216.
W. D. Wixom, Treasures of Medieval France, exhibition catalogue, Cleveland, The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1967, no. V-19.
R. G. Calkins, A Medieval Treasury: An Exhibition of Medieval Art from the Third to the Sixteenth Century, exhibition catalogue, White Museum of Art, Cornell University and M. W. Proctor Institute, Utica, 1968, no. 81.
The Waning Middle Ages, ed. by J. L. Schrader, exhibition catalogue, Lawrence, University of Kansas, 1969, no. 78, pl. IV (with former inventory number Fr.10.1).
Images of Love and Death in Renaissance and Late Medieval Art, exhibition catalogue, ed. by W. R. Levin, Ann Harbor, University of Michigan, Nov. 1975-Jan. 1976, no. 67.
Songs of Glory, exhibition catalogue, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Museum of Art, 1985, no. 84.
G. Joice, M. Knight, and P. McClusky, Ivories in the Collection of the Seattle Art Museum (Seattle, 1987), no. 12, p. 16.
R. H. Randall, The Golden Age of Ivory: Gothic Ivory Carvings in North American Collections (New York, 1993), no. 189.


© Seattle Art Museum. Photography: Paul Macapia.
Credit Line: Seattle Art Museum, Donald E. Frederick Memorial Collection.

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