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Games box (boîte à jeux) (Lid)

Games box (boîte à jeux) (Lid)
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Body, back

Secular. Hunting scene.

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Paris, Musée du Louvre

MRR 80 (N 1072)

Bone;wood (core);ebony;lemonwood;metal (fittings)

Height: 79mm
Width: 164mm
Depth: 130mm

Register 1: male dancers; female dancer.
Register 2: male dancer; musician with drum and whistle; jester holding a bauble.
Body, front
Youth with a hawk on his wrist. Lady wearing a hennin; trees.End, rightHunting scene; hunter with bow and arrow; dogs pursuing a stag; arrow in the stag's chest; man blowing a horn.
Body, back
Children jousting on wooden horses and holding windmills.
End, left
Gathering of pears (?); man holding a club to beat the tree and make the fruits fall; female figure collecting the fruits in her skirt; lady wearing a hennin, playing the harp; man playing a flute.
Bottom: chequered pattern (chess board).
Foliated border.

Koechlin Number: 1317

Westwood 1876: England, late 15th century.
Koechlin 1924: France, late 15th century.
Gaborit-Chopin 2003 and Museum's opinion 2010: Flanders or Netherlands, 2nd third of the 15th century.


Polychromy - Gilding
Traces of gilding and polychromy (reapplied, green, red. See unpublished report by B. Guineau, 1997).

Engraved on all sides.
On base, labelled: 'N 1072', '910', 'A. 79'.

Object Condition
Crack near the lock.
Five rings for hanging.

Collection of Pierre Révoil, Lyon (no. 72); acquired from him by the Museum in 1828.

M. de Laborde, Notice des émaux, bijoux et objets divers exposés dans les galeries du musée du Louvre (Paris, 1857), no. 910.
A. Sauzay, Musée de la Renaissance [Musée du Louvre]. Notice des ivoires (Paris, 1863), no. 79.
J. O. Westwood, Fictile Ivories in the South Kensington Museum (London, 1876), no. 717-721 ('58.247).
E. Molinier, Musée National du Louvre. Catalogue des ivoires (Paris, 1896), no. 131.
J. von Schlosser, Die Werkstatt der Embriachi in Venedig, in Jahrbuch der kunsthistorischen Sammlungen des Allerhöchsten Kaiserhauses, 20 (1899), no. 82, p. 253, fig. 18.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, pp. 428, 527; II, no. 1317; III, pl. CCXXIX-CCXXX.
D. Gaborit-Chopin, Ivoires médiévaux, Ve-XVe siècle (Paris: Musée du Louvre, 2003), no. 252.


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