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Panel (fragment of a casket; lid; coffret) (Front)

Panel (fragment of a casket; lid; coffret) (Front)
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Secular. Courtly love.

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Ravenna, Museo Nazionale di Ravenna

Inv. n. 1034


Height: 127mm
Width: 230mm
Depth: 6mm

Knight kneeling before a lady who places a helm over his head; two heralds in a tree blowing trumpets. Tournament; ladies and youths observing the jousting knights in armour from a balcony; courting couples on a covered balcony with lozenge pattern and four arches; queen holding a dog; masks in the spandrels; trees; horses; shields. Knight kneeling before a lady who places a helm over his head; ladies and youths watching from the castle battlements; lady holding a chaplet; portcullis.

Koechlin Number: 1296

Koechlin 1924: France, 1st half of the 14th century.
Vitali 1976: France, 1st half of the 14th century.
Martini and Rizzardi 1990: Paris, 2nd quarter of the 14th century.
Martini 2004: Paris, 1st third of the 14th century.



Object Condition
Numerous holes for metal fittings now lost.

Classense collection, i.e. collection assembled by the Camaldolese monks of Sant'Apollinare in Classe near Ravenna, acquired mainly during the 18th century; with the suppression of religious orders in 1797, the possessions of Ravenna's important abbeys passed on to the Comune of Ravenna; in 1804, the Museo Classense Municipale was established, which would become in 1885 the Museo Nazionale di Ravenna.

J. O. Westwood, Fictile Ivories in the South Kensington Museum (London, 1876), Appendix, p. 361, no. 12.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, pp. 380, 483, 488; II, no. 1296.
A. McLaren Young, 'A French Medieval Ivory Casket at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts', in The Connoisseur, CXX (1947), pp. 16-21 (p. 18).
D. J. A. Ross, 'Allegory and Romance on a Mediaeval French Marriage Casket', in Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 11 (1948), pp. 112-142 (p. 115).
G. Marangoni, Storia dell'arredamento (Milan, 1961, 3rd ed.), I, p. 138.
L. Vitali, Avori gotici francesi (Milan, 1976), no. 17.
Avori bizantini e medievali nel museo nazionale di Ravenna, ed. by L. Martini and C. Rizzardi (Ravenna, 1990), no. 18, pl. XIII.
La collezione degli oggetti in avorio e osso. Museo Nazionale di Ravenna, ed. by L. Martini (Ravenna, 2004), pp. 32, 57, no. 18.
P. Williamson and G. Davies, Medieval Ivory Carvings 1200-1550 (London, 2014), in relation to no. 227.


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