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Diptych, 3 registers, 5 arches across (frise d'arcatures; colonnette) (Wing, right)

Diptych, 3 registers, 5 arches across (frise d'arcatures; colonnette) (Wing, right)
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Wing, left



Religious. Infancy of Christ. Life of Christ.

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Minneapolis, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts


Ivory;metal (hinges)

Height: 208mm
Width: 222mm (open)

Wing, left
Register 1: Ascension.
Register 2: Betrayal (Taking of Christ; Kiss of Judas); Christ restores Malchus' ear, cut by saint Peter; Death of Judas.
Register 3: Annunciation; vase of lilies; dove of the Holy Spirit. Nativity and Annunciation to the Shepherds.
Wing, right
Register 1: Pentecost; Virgin surrounded by the apostles including saint Peter and saint John the Evangelist.
Register 2: Crucifixion; sun and moon; swooning Virgin supported by Holy Women; saint John the Evangelist and onlookers holding scrolls. Resurrection; two angels standing on the tomb.
Register 3: Adoration of the Magi; attendants with horses.

Koechlin Number: 0809

Randall 1993: French (Paris), 1375-1390.
Rowe 2011: Paris, c. 1375-1400.


Two hinges.

Flat and smooth.

Collection of Félix Ravaisson-Mollien, Paris (until 1903). Paul Garnier collection Paris (at least 1900-1917; no. 40). Jacques Seligmann collection, Paris. Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan: sale, Sotheby's, New York, 25 March 1972, lot 97. Bought from Ruth Blumka, New York, in 1983.

Exposition Universelle de 1900, Catalogue illustré Officiel de l'Exposition Rétrospective de l'Art Français (Paris, 1900), no. 133.
G. Migeon, 'L'Exposition rétrospective de l'art français', in Revue de l'art ancien et moderne 1 (1900), p. 46.
G. Migeon, 'Collection Paul Garnier', in Les Arts 53 (May 1906), pt. 2, pp. 13-24 (pp. 13, 15-16).
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, p. 293; II, no. 809.
R. H. Randall, 'An Ivory Diptych', in The Minneapolis Institute of Arts Bulletin 5, no. 66 (1983-1986), pp. 2-17.
R. H. Randall, The Golden Age of Ivory: Gothic Ivory Carvings in North American Collections (New York, 1993), no. 147.
Images in Ivory. Precious Objects of the Gothic Age, ed. by Peter Barnet, exhibition catalogue, Detroit, The Detroit Institute of Arts, and Baltimore, The Walters Art Gallery, 1997, no. 33, pp. 177-179.
N. Rowe, 'Pocket Crucifixions: Jesus, Jews, and Ownership in Fourteenth-Century Ivories', in Studies in Iconography 32 (2011), pp. 81-120 (p. 82, fig. 2).
J. Lowden, Medieval and Later Ivories in the Courtauld Gallery (London, 2013), p. 91, fig. 45, in relation to no. 14.
J. Warren, Medieval and Renaissance Sculpture in the Ashmolean Museum, 3 vols (Oxford, 2014), Vol. 2: Sculptures in Stone, Clay, Ivory, Bone and Wood, p. 579, in relation to no. 170 and p.588, no. 175.


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Credit line: Gift of funds from Mr. and Mrs. John E. Andrus III Atherton and Winifred Bean, and an Anonymous Donor, 83.72.

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