A & A spacer courtauld institute of art
quick search advanced search browse temp folder

Openwork casket with arches (coffret ajouré; frise d'arcatures) (Body, front)

Openwork casket with arches (coffret ajouré; frise d'arcatures) (Body, front)
enlarge image zoom image

End, left

Body, back

End, right


Secular. Courtly love.

Repository Institution

To purchase an image

Florence, Museo Nazionale del Bargello

Inv. 124 C


Height: 54mm
Width: 125mm
Depth: 85 mm

Register 1: courting couples (meeting of lovers); seated lady; seated youth; seated lady; seated youth.
Register 2: seated youth with a hawk on his wrist; seated youth; lady holding a squirrel.
Body, front
Seated couple; ladies holding the lock.
End, right
Seated couple; couples conversing.
Body, back
Courting couples (meeting of lovers); couples conversing.
End, left
Seated couple; couples conversing.
Elaborate architecture; tracery.

Koechlin Number: 1279

Koechlin 1924: England, end of 14th century or beginning of 15th century.
Leeuwenberg 1969: France, last quarter of the 18th century or 1st half of the 19th century.
Chiesi 2011: Paris or Northern France,1360-1400.


Polychromy - Gilding
Traces of gilding on the modern wooden core.

Carved on all sides.

Object Condition
Trace of missing fittings and lock.

Collection of Prince Petr Soltykoff (b. c. 1801, d. 1889): sold, Paris, Drouot, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, 29 April and 1 May 1861, lot 337; purchased by John Webb. Carrand collection: bequeathed by Louis Carrand (d. 1888) to the Museo del Bargello in 1888.

I. B. Supino, Catalogo del R. Museo Nazionale di Firenze (Florence, 1898), p. 237, no. 124.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, p. 484; II, no. 1279.
J. Leeuwenberg, 'Early Nineteenth-Century Gothic Ivories', in Aachener Kunstblätter 39 (1969), pp. 139-141.
B. Chiesi, Catalogo degli avori gotici del Museo Nazionale del Bargello (unpublished PhD thesis - Università degli Studi di Firenze, 2011), pp. 401-409.
J. Warren, Medieval and Renaissance Sculpture in the Ashmolean Museum, 3 vols (Oxford, 2014), Vol. 2: Sculptures in Stone, Clay, Ivory, Bone and Wood, pp. 594-5, in relation to no. 179.
P. Williamson and G. Davies, Medieval Ivory Carvings 1200-1550 (London, 2014), in relation to no. 231.


© Francesco Rondoni. www.fotografofirenze.it. All rights reserved.

All images on this website are made available exclusively for scholarly and educational purposes and may not be used commercially.

spacer spacer spacer spacer
Please remember to acknowledge any use of the site in publications and lectures as: 'Gothic Ivories Project at The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, www.gothicivories.courtauld.ac.uk', followed by the date you accessed the site.