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Raleigh, North Carolina Museum of Art


Ivory;metal (later crown)

Height: 298mm

Standing Virgin and Child; Christ seated on left arm; Christ in long robe; Christ holding a fruit in his left hand; blessing gesture; Virgin holding a flower in her right hand.

Koechlin Number: 0110

Koechlin 1912: France, beginning of the 14th century.
Koechlin 1924: France, end of the 1st third of the 13th century.
Randall 1993: French (Paris), 1250-1270.
Museum's opinion 2012: French (Paris), c. 1260-1290.


Polychromy - Gilding
Traces of polychromy: blue (Virgin's robe and under the Child).

Carved in the round.

Object Condition
Missing: Christ's head, right arm and part of his left arm (from the wrist); right forearm of the Virgin (all replaced).
Small breaks on the edges and bottom of the Virgin's robe.
Four holes in the base (two of which are old).

Eugène Giraud collection, Paris (before 1886). Emile Baboin collection, Lyon. Bought in 1959 from Raphael Stora, New York, thanks to a gift presented by Mrs Edsel B. Ford, Grosse Point, in memory of W. R. Valentiner.

R. Koechlin, Ivoires gothiques: Collection Emile Baboin (Lyon, 1912), no. 23.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, p. 108; II, no. 110.
'Gifts presented to the North Carolina Museum of Art in Memory of W. R. Valentiner', in North Carolian Museum of Art Bulletin 3 (1959), no. 46.
Masterpieces of Art: in Memory of William R. Valentiner, 1880-1958, exhibition catalogue, Raleigh, North Carolina Museum of Art, 1959, no. 99.
Exhibition Number One from the Permanent Collection, exhibition catalogue, Raleigh, North Carolina Museum of Art, 1970, p. 8, with ill.
A Medieval Treasury from the Southeastern Collections, exhibition catalogue, ed. by J. Folda and J. M. Schnorrenberg, Chapel Hill, William Hayes Ackland Memorial Art Center, 1971, no. 32.
M. Seidel, 'Die Elfenbeinmadonna im Domschatz zu Pisa', in Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz, 16 (1972), pp. 1-50 (fig. 26, without the crown).
C. Little, 'Ivoires et art gothique', in Revue de l'art, 46 (1979), pp. 58-67, fig. 14.
R. H. Randall, The Golden Age of Ivory: Gothic Ivory Carvings in North American Collections (New York, 1993), no. 2.


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