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Mirror case (valve de miroir); frame of 9 lobes (Front)

Mirror case (valve de miroir); frame of 9 lobes (Front)
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Secular. Courtly love.

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Baltimore, Walters Art Museum

Inv. 71.97


Height: 95mm
Depth: 5mm

Meeting of two lovers (courting couple); squirrel on the lady's left arm; sword.
Bearded masks in the spandrels.
Corner terminals: crouching monsters.

Randall 1985 and Museum's opinion 2010: France, mid-14th century.


Polychromy - Gilding
Traces of polychromy: red.

Centre of the back turned with a hollow for the missing mirror, surface of the framework has in places peeled off, leaving only traces of the flanged groove and the entry-slot for the projection on the cover.

Object Condition
Missing: two crouching monsters.
Damaged as a result of having been buried.
Hole (modern) at the top.

Said to have been disinterred by the explosion of a German shell in Northern France during the war of 1914-1918. Bought by Henry Walters from Henry Daguerre in Paris in 1924; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.

R. H. Randall, Masterpieces of Ivory from the Walters Art Gallery (New York, 1985), no. 330.


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