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Diptych, 2 registers, 6 arches across (frise d'arcatures, colonnettes) (Front)

Diptych, 2 registers, 6 arches across (frise d'arcatures, colonnettes) (Front)
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Wing, left

Wing, right

Religious. Infancy of Christ. Passion.

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Private Collection

DEC1523 (formerly Inv. K 91G)

Ivory;metal (hinges)

Height: 166mm
Width: 122mm (each)

Wing, left
Register 1: Flagellation; Crucifixion with the Virgin and saint John the Evangelist.
Register 2: Annunciation; vase of lilies; dove of the Holy Spirit; Visitation; Nativity and Annunciation to the Shepherds.
Wing, right
Register 1: Entombment (Anointing of Christ's body). Resurrection with two soldiers asleep; two angels kneeling on the tomb.
Register 2: Adoration of the Magi; Presentation in the Temple; Christ standing on the altar between the Virgin and Simeon; maid holding a candlestick and a basket of doves brought as offerings.
Pointed trefoils in the spandrels. Pinnacles.

Williamson 1987: German? (Cologne?), 2nd half of the 14th century.


Two hinges.

Collection of Adolph Moritz List (b. 1861, d. 1938), Magdeburg: his sale, Hans W. Langue (auctioneer), Berlin, 28-30 March 1939, lot 167. Collection of Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza (b. 1921, d. 2002), Castagnola-Lugano (bought Sotheby's, London, 9 April 1973, lot 17); thence by descent to the present owner.

P. Williamson, Medieval Sculpture and Works of Art. The Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection (London, 1987), pp. 118-121, no. 26.
Mittelalterliche Elfenbeinarbeiten aus der Sammlung des Badischen Landesmuseums Karlsruhe, ed. by K.-G. Beuckers (Karlsruhe, 1999), pp. 57-58, fig. 40.


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