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Painted casket with pitched lid (coffret) (Lid)

Painted casket with pitched lid (coffret) (Lid)
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Body, back

Body, front

End, left

End, right

Secular. Courtly love.

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Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania, The Academy of the New Church, The Glencairn Museum


Ivory;wood (core);iron (lock and keyhole)

Height: 158mm
Width: 200mm
Depth: 130mm

Lid, top
Inscription: 'M' repeated; 'POUR CE QUIL ME PLEST' on a scroll.
Lid, upper parts of all sides
Inscription: 'POUR CE QUIL ME PLEST' (twice).
Lid, front
Courting couple (meeting of lovers); winged God of Love; lady with a bow, possibly Frau Minne (Lady Love); dog; lion.
Lid, right
Three standing figures.
Lid, back
Winged lady (Frau Minne ?); man with a bow (God of Love?); youth; lady; dog; lion.
Lid, left
Courting couple (meeting of lovers); youth.
Body, front
Courting couple (meeting of lovers); procession of youths and ladies.
End, right
Procession of youths and ladies.
Body, back
Courting couple (meeting of lovers); lady; trees; flowers.
End, left
Procession of youths and ladies.
Interlaced decoration. Foliated decoration.
Bottom: checkered pattern (only ivory).

Randall 1993: North Italian (Savoy?), 1390-1410. The shape and painted ornament indicate that a Sicilian model was being imitated.


Polychromy - Gilding
Painted in red, brown and green. Pale brown used instead of gold for the lettering.


Object Condition
Small loss at the bottom right front corner. Cracks.
Missing: one of the ivory studs; some squares on the bottom.
The ivory hasp is broken.

Ivory plaques attached to a wood core with ivory pins. The clasp is made of ivory. Two studs at the top for a handle. Ivory bands used to reinforce corners.

Acquired by Raymond Pitcairn in 1927.

R. H. Randall, The Golden Age of Ivory: Gothic Ivory Carvings in North American Collections (New York, 1993), no. 214.


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