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Diptych, 2 registers (Front)

Diptych, 2 registers (Front)
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Religious. Life of the Virgin.

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Flushing, New York, The Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College (CUNY)


Ivory;metal (hinges)

Height: 182mm
Width: 174mm (open)

Wing, left
Register 1: Coronation of the Virgin; angel crowning the Virgin; two angels holding a large cloth of honour; Christ holding a sceptre; clouds.
Register 2: Annunciation. Visitation.
Wing, right
Register 1: Death of the Virgin (Dormition); Christ holding the soul of the Virgin; apostles; clouds.
Register 2: Adoration of the Magi.

Randall 1993: English, 1st quarter of the 14th century.

Possibly from the same workshop as a diptych in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (521-1893) (Randall 1993).

Two hinges. One hinge broken.

Polychromy - Gilding
Extensive gilding and polychromy: gold (decorated background where only the bole remains; along the hems; pattern on the cloth of honour; book clasps; hair; clouds), green (cloth of honour), black (throne; eye pupils), red (books; cross of Christ's halo; lining of the kings' robes; moulding) and blue (garments).

Flat and smooth.
Round custom stamp with inscription on the back of the right wing: 'DOGANA DI FIRENZE. 17 AGO. 12 [17 August 1912]'.

Object Condition
Right wing broken around the lower hinge. Small chip at the upper left corner of the right wing.

Henry Walters collection, Baltimore: sale, Parke-Bernet, New York, 1 May 1941, lot 1048. Collection of Judge Irwin Untermeyer, New York: given by him in 1961.

The Queens College Art Collection, exhibition catalogue, New York, Queens College, 1961, no. 349.
A Selection from the Queens College Art Collection, New York, Queens College, 1979, no. 30.
R. H. Randall, The Golden Age of Ivory: Gothic Ivory Carvings in North American Collections (New York, 1993), no. 54.
Goddess, Worker, Mother, Symbol: Images of Women in World Art, exhibition catalogue, New York, Queens College, 1994, no. 19.
Mary at the 3rd Millennium, exhibition catalogue, Washington, DC, Hillwood Arts Museum, 2000.
Director's Choice, Part I, exhibition catalogue, New York, Queens College, 2002.


© Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College, Flushing, New York. Photography: Brita Helgesen.

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