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Diptych, 1 register, 3 arches across, bands of rosettes (plaquettes; frise d'arcatures; décor de roses) (Back)

Diptych, 1 register, 3 arches across, bands of rosettes (plaquettes; frise d'arcatures; décor de roses) (Back)
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Utrecht, Catharijneconvent

Inv. ABM bi758

Ivory;silver (hinges)

Height: 113mm
Width: 82mm (each)
Depth: 6.5-10.5mm
Weight: 264g

Wing, left
Adoration of the Magi.
Wing, right
Crucifixion, with jet of blood striking the Virgin's chest (broken); swooning Virgin supported by Holy Women; saint John the Evangelist and onlookers holding scrolls; sun and moon.
Pinnacles. Pointed trefoils in the spandrels.

Kalf 1913: probably France, 14th century.
Utrecht 1945-1946: France, 14th century.
Catalogus 1962; Anonymous 1969; Cologne 1982; Linden-Nijdam 1984: France, mid-14th century.
Koekkoek 1987: France, mid-14th century.
Museum's opinion 2011: France, c. 1340-1360


Two broken hinges.

Flat and smooth. Modern museum paper labels.

Object Condition
Missing: jet of blood partly broken; thumb of the Virgin in the Crucifixion scene.

Given to the convent by B. J. W. de Nerée to Babberich (date unknown).

Middeleeuwsche kunst uit eigen en particulier bezit, exhibition catalogue, Utrecht, Aartsbisschoppelijk Museum, 21 December 1945-20 January 1946, no. 58.
Catalogus Beeldhouwkunst in het Aartsbisschoppelijk Museum, Utrecht (Utrecht, 1962), no. 33 (with ill.).
Anonymous, 'Een ivoren kerst. Zeldzame sculpturen van ongekende schoonheid uit de gotische tijd', in Goois Nieuwsblad (December 1969).
Die heiligen drei Könige. Darstellung und Verehrung, exhibition catalogue, Cologne, Wallraf-Richartz Museum, 1982, no. 6 (with ill.).
B. van der Linden-Nijdam, 'Ivoorsnijkunst, één der oudste vormen van creativiteit', in Kunst en antiekrevue 10 (1984), pp. 9-16 (p. 13).
R. Koekkoek, Gotische ivoren in het Catharijneconvent (Utrecht, 1987), no. 1.


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