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Gabled triptych (tabernacle) (Front)

Gabled triptych (tabernacle) (Front)
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Religious. Life of the Virgin. Infancy of Christ.

Repository Institution

Cleveland, The Cleveland Museum of Art


Ivory;metal (hinges)

Height: 259mm (without base)
Width: 213mm (open)

Wing, left
Register 1: Annunciation; vase of lilies; dove of the Holy Spirit.
Register 2: Adoring Magi (part of the Adoration of the Magi).
Centre panel
Standing Virgin and Child; angel crowning the Virgin; Christ holding a fruit in his left hand.
Wing, right
Register 1: Visitation.
Register 2: Presentation in the Temple.

Koechlin Number: 0127

Koechlin 1924: France, mid 14th century.
Wixom 1963: late 14th century.
Randall 1993 and Museum's opinion 2010: French (Lorraine?) or Austrian (?), 2nd quarter of the 14th century.


Two hinges on either side.

Polychromy - Gilding
Traces of gilding.

The pinnacle and base are modern.

Collection of Count Scipio, Krakow (late 19th century; no. 57, pl. III in his sale catalogue?). Boehm collection, Vienna. Collection of the princes of Liechtenstein, Vaduz. Bought from Rosenberg and Stiebel, New York, in 1951, thanks to the J. H. Wade Fund.

J. von Hefner-Alteneck, Trachten (Frankfurt, 1879), III (1882), pl. 169.
Brunn [Brno] exhbition catalogue, 1884, pl. 71.
H. Semper, 'Über eine besondere Gruppe elfenbeinerner Klappaltärchen des XIV Jahrhunderts', in Zeitschrift für Christliche Kunst 11 (1898), pp. 117-118.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, pp. 123, 203; II, no. 127.
W. D. Wixom, 'Gothic Art 1360-1440 August 6 through September 15', in Cleveland Museum of Art Bulletin 50 (September 1963), pp. 174 and 203.
The Cleveland Museum of Art Handbook (1978), p. 72.
R. H. Randall, The Golden Age of Ivory: Gothic Ivory Carvings in North American Collections (New York, 1993), no. 40.
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, fig. 48a.


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