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Gabled triptych (tabernacle; colonnettes) (Front)

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

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Height: 206mm
Width: 130mm
Depth: 6.6-7.2mm (wings); 9.5mm (centre)
Weight: 211 g

Wing, left
In the gable: angel in prayer.
Register 1: Annunciation.
Register 2: Adoration of the Magi.
Centre panel
In the gable: Christ or God the Father blessing; standing Virgin and Child; angel crowning the Virgin.
Wing, right
In the gable: angel in prayer.
Register 1: Nativity.
Register 2: Presentation in the Temple.

Gardner 1967: maybe not French, mid 14th century.
London 1967: probably French, mid 14th century.
Lowden 2013: North French or Italian, c. 1325-1350?


Two modern ring hinges on either side. The lower left hinge is broken.

Polychromy - Gilding
Extensive traces of polychromy and gilding: blue, red, yellow, gold (spandrels, clouds, garment lining, architectural details, decorated background).

Ouline of cusped arches on the back of the wings and the centre panel, suggesting they once were painted.
Letter 'A' with a circle around it inscribed in black ink.

Object Condition
Missing: base; object originally held by the Virgin.

The base and the sides of the central gable are scored. The upper part of the central gable is made of a separate piece of ivory.

Thomas Gambier Parry, Highnam Court (Gloucestershire)(d. 1888): bought in a small village in Friuli before 1860; Sir Hubert Parry (d. 1918), his eldest son (from 1888); Ernest Gambier-Parry (d. 1936), half-brother of Hubert (from 1918); Mark Gambier-Parry (d. 1966), youngest son of Ernest (from 1936); bequeathed to the Courtauld Institute Galleries in 1966.

J. Gardner, 'The Ivories in the Gambier-Parry Collection', in Burlington Magazine, CIX (March 1967), pp. 143ff, fig. 44.
The Gambier-Parry Collection. Provisional Catalogue (London, 1967), no. 17.
General Catalogue of the Courtauld Institute Galleries (London, 1979), no. 17, p. 6.
J. Lowden, Medieval and Later Ivories in the Courtauld Gallery (London, 2013), no. 5, pp. 53-57.


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