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Diptych, 2 registers, 3 arches across (frise d'arcatures); also known as the Schoolmeesters Diptych (Back (right wing))

Diptych, 2 registers, 3 arches across (frise d'arcatures); also known as the Schoolmeesters Diptych (Back (right wing))
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Back (left wing)



Religious. Infancy of Christ.

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Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum



Height: 203mm
Width: 195mm (closed); 95mm (each)

Wing, left
Register 1: Crucifixion; swooning Virgin supported by Holy Women; saint John the Evangelist and onlookers holding scrolls; sun and moon.
Register 2: Nativity with Annunciation to the Shepherds; musician shepherd playing the bagpipes; sheep.
Wing, right
Register 1: Christ displaying his wounds; Christ in Glory with his feet on a city (possibly Jerusalem); angels holding Instruments of the Passion (spear; nails; cross); Virgin and saint John the Baptist kneeling.
Register 2: Adoration of the Magi; angel crowning the Virgin.

Koechlin Number: 0783

Koechlin 1924: France, mid 14th century.
Baarsen 1992: last quarter of the 14th century.
Amsterdam 1994: France, Meuse Valley, mid 14th century.
Van Os 1996: French/Mosan?, mid 14th century.
Museum's opinion 2011: c. 1375.


Traces of two missing hinges.

Handwritten inscription: 'Quatuor eburnae/Imagines dicuntur/opera seculi 800mi' (back of right wing); verus Possessor/Albergatus Ehlen/Prior Cartusiae/Revirensis. 1781' (back of left wing).

Collection of Albergatus Ehlen, Trier (inscription on the back giving the date of 1781). Convent of the Welsh Nuns, Liège (Welschennonnen). Collection of Msgr. Schoolmeesters, Liège (from 1905 until at least 1924). Private collection, France. Collection of Willem Neutelings-Heuts, Braaschaat (from 1981): given to the Museum in 1992.

E. Aus'M'Weerth, Kunstdenkmaler des Christlichen Mittelalters in den Rheinlanden, 3 vols. and atlas of plates (Leipzig, 1857-1866), Atlas: pl. LVIII, no. 7.
Exposition Universelle de Liège: catalogue de l'Art Ancien, exhibition catalogue, 1905, no. 1454.
G. Terme, L'art ancien au pays de Liège. Album publié sous le patronage de Comité Exécutif de l'Exposition Universelle de Liège, 1905 (Liège, [1912 ?]), pl. LXXXIII.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), i, PP. 280, 281; II, no. 783, III, pl. CXXXII.
H. Schnitzler, Das Schnutgen-Museum: eine Auswahl (Cologne, 1964).
E. G. Grimme, 'Neue Zugange zu den Sammlungen des Suermondt-Museum, Ein Franzosisches Elfenbeindyptichon des 14. Jahrhunderts', Aachener Kunstblatter 30 (1965), p. 8.
R. H. Randall, Masterpieces of Ivory from the Walters Art Gallery (New York, 1985), p. 218, in relation to no. 310.
J. M. Bol, 'Van giften, hun juridisch-fiscale vormgeving en van belonging voor vrijgevigheid', in Bulletin van het Rijksmuseum 40 (1992), pp. 278-289, fig. 3.
Keuze uit recente schenkingen en legaten', ed. by R. Baarsen, in Bulletin Rijksmuseum XL (1992), pp. 297-298.
H. van Os, The Art of Devotion in the Late Middle Ages in Europe, 1300-1500, exhibition catalogue, Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, 1994, pp. 10-13, 25, 74, 175 no. and pl. 1.
H. van Os, Een engel in de koffer: Willem Neutelings en zijn verzameling (Baarn, 1996), p. 27, fig. 33.
Images in Ivory. Precious Objects of the Gothic Age, ed. by Peter Barnet, exhibition catalogue, Detroit, The Detroit Institute of Arts, and Baltimore, The Walters Art Gallery, 1997, pp. 86, 104-5.
Een hogere werkelijkheid, Duitse en Franse beeldhouwkunst 1200-1600 uit het Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, ed. by F. Scholten and G. de Werd, exhibition catalogue, Amsterdam, Museum Kurhaus Kleef, 2004, pp. 142-3, no. 60.


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