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Wing, right (part of a diptych), 1 register, 3 arches across (frise d'arcatures; plaquette); known as the Antwerp-Lucerne diptych (Front)

Wing, right (part of a diptych), 1 register, 3 arches across (frise d'arcatures; plaquette); known as the Antwerp-Lucerne diptych (Front)
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Antwerp, Museum Mayer van den Bergh



Height: 72mm
Width: 42mm

Saint Catherine of Alexandria; wheel; martyr's palm; crown. saint Margaret emerging from the dragon unharmed, holding a crucifix.
Foliated border; diapered background; pointed trefoils.

Molinier 1890: France, c. 1360.
Molinier 1896: Flemish, c. 1370.
Schnitzler, Volbach, Bloch 1964: France, c. 1400.
De Coo 1969: France (?), c. 1400.
Leeuwenberg 1969: France, last quarter of the 18th century to 1st half of the 19th century.
Museum's opinion 2012: France (?), c. 1400.

Master of the Agrafe Forgeries (Leeuwenberg 1969)

Traces of two missing hinges on the left side.

Polychromy - Gilding
Traces of polychromy and gilding: green (architecture), brown-red (wheel and hair), and gold (hair).

Flat and smooth. Labels with inscriptions: '223' and '239'.

Object Condition
Central hole in the upper part of the panel.

The left wing was formerly in the Kofler-Truniger collection, Lucerne.
The two wings were separated sometime between 1896 and 1898.

Collection of Frédéric Spitzer, Paris: sale, Chevallier and Mannheim, Paris, 17 April 1893, lot 130 (both wings together). Collection of Mrs. Hartmann, Paris (in 1896, both wings together). Carlo Micheli collection (d. 1895?), Paris: this wing sold with the rest of his collection in 1898 by his daughter, Marie Micheli, to Fritz Mayer van den Bergh (b. 1858, d. 1901), Antwerp; upon his death, his mother Henriëtte had a purpose-built museum erected (1901-1904) to house his collection.

La Collection Spitzer (Paris, 1890), I, p. 57, no. 95 (both wings) (E. Molinier).
E. Molinier, Histoire générale des Arts appliqués à l'Industrie (Paris, 1896), I: Les Ivoires, pp. 191-192 (both wings then in the Hartmann collection).
Catalogue of an Exhibition of Carvings in Ivory, exhibition catalogue, London, Burlington Fine Arts Club, 1923, p. 89, in relation to no. 153.
J. De Coo, Catalogue du Musée Mayer van den Bergh (Antwerp, 1933), no. 232.
H. Schnitzler, F. Volbach, P. Bloch, Skulpturen, Elfenbein, Perlmutter, Stein, Holz Europäisches Mittelalter, Sammlung E. und M. Kofler-Truniger, 2 vols (Lucerne, 1964), pp. 30-31, no. S.114 (left wing).
J. De Coo, 'L'ancienne collection Micheli au Musée Mayer van den Bergh', in Gazette des Beaux Arts (Dec. 1965), no. 223.
E. G. Grimme, 'Elfenbein-Diptychon wieder vereinigt', in Aachener Volkszeitung (10 November 1965), p. 12A (ill., both wings).
E. G. Grimme, 'Mittelalterliche Kunst der Sammlung Kofler-Truniger', in Aachener Kunstblätter 32 (1966), pp. 188-189 (ill., both wings).
J. De Coo, Museum Mayer Van den Bergh, Catalogus 2. Beeldhouwkunst, plaketten, antiek (Antwerp, 1969), no. 2136.
J. Leeuwenberg, 'Early Nineteenth-Century Gothic Ivories', in Aachener Kunstblätter 39 (1969), pp. 130-131, 135-136, fig. 31.
D. Gaborit-Chopin, 'Les ivoires gothiques. À propos d'un article récent', in Bulletin monumental 128-2 (1970), p. 128.
Le Trésor de Saint-Denis, exhibition catalogue, Paris, Musée du Louvre, 1991, p. 308, fig. 1 (right wing).
KIK/IRPA database: http://www.kikirpa.be/www2/wwwopac/en/object.html [accessed October 2009].


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