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Religious. Life of the Virgin.

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Amiens, Bibliothèque municipale

Obj. Lesc. 6

Ivory;metal (hinges)

Height: 275mm
Width: 127mm (centre); 64mm (wings)

Wing, left
Register 1: Annunciation of the Virgin's death by an angel (Gabriel) with a palm branch; curtain.
Register 2: the Virgin welcomes saint John the Evangelist in Heaven; clouds.
Register 3: Death of the Virgin (Dormition); apostles; God the Father making a blessing gesture; kneeling figure under an arch.
Centre panel
Register 1: Coronation of the Virgin; angel crowning the Virgin, two kneeling angels holding candlesticks; Christ holding a cross.
Register 2: under a trefoil arch, Assumption; Virgin in a mandorla borne to Heaven by angels (bodily Assumption); Christ holding the soul of the Virgin; angels blowing trumpets; musician angels (lute; rebec; psaltery; square drum?); angels holding navettes and swinging censers in the spandrels.
Under 6 arches: entombment of the Virgin; blessing hand of God. Funeral procession of the Virgin; the high priest Jechonias is punished for trying to overturn Mary's bier: his hands stick to it.
Wing, right
Register 1: angels lead the Virgin to Heaven; angel holding a navette and swinging a censer.
Register 2: Assumption (Virgin borne to Heaven by angels); shrouded body of the Virgin; tomb.
Register 3: soldiers in armour; men and women observing the scene from the battlements (part of the funeral scene); city.
Pinnacles; foliated decoration including ivy or vine leaves.

Koechlin Number: 0211

Koechlin 1924: France, beginning of 2nd third of 14th century.
Gaborit-Chopin 1978: Paris, c. 1320-1330.
Paris 1981: Paris, c. 1330-1340.
Paris 2004: France, c. 1330-1340.


Two hinges on either side.

Polychromy - Gilding
Traces of gilding and polychromy.

Flat and smooth. Customs label with inscription: 'Douanes françaises. Lille St Sauveur'.

Object Condition
Missing: top of the central gable; wings of the angels in the Coronation scene (hole still apparent where they were attached); part of the upper border of the right wing.

This triptych is very close to another one formerly in the Martin Le Roy collection.

Collection of Count Charles de L'Escalopier: his bequest in 1870.

A. Forgeais, Catalogue de la Bibliothèque de M. le Comte Charles de l'Escalopier (Paris, 1867), III, no. 6.
R. Koechlin, 'Un Triptyque d'ivoire du XIV siècle à la Bibliothèque d'Amiens', in Musées et Monuments de France: Revue mensuelle d'art ancien et moderne (1906) I, pp. 6-8.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, pp. 139, 214 and 306; II, no. 211; III, pl. LIII.
L. Grodecki, Ivoires français (Paris, 1947), pp. 95-96.
D. Gaborit-Chopin, Ivoires du Moyen Age (Freiburg, 1978), no. and fig. 227, 228.
L'Art du Moyen Age en France, exhibition catalogue, Prague and Bratislava, 1978-1979, no. 62.
Les Fastes du Gothique: le siècle de Charles V, ed. by F. Baron, exhibition catalogue, Paris, Grand Palais, 1981, no. 143.
L'art au temps des rois maudits: Philippe le Bel et ses fils (1285-1328), exhibition catalogue, Paris, Grand Palais, 1998, p. 178.
Moyen Âge: entre ordre et désordre, exhibition catalogue, Paris, Musée de la Musique, March-June 2004, no. 25.
KIK/IRPA database: http://www.kikirpa.be/www2/wwwopac/en/object.html [accessed October 2009].


© Cliché Bibliothèques d'Amiens-Métropole, Obj. Lesc. 6.

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