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Diptych, 2 registers, 4 arches across (frise d'arcatures; colonnettes) (Front)

Diptych, 2 registers, 4 arches across (frise d'arcatures; colonnettes) (Front)
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Religious. Infancy of Christ.

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Saint Petersburg (Florida), Museum of Fine Arts

Inv. 68.30

Ivory;silver (hinges)

Height: 131mm
Width: 171mm (open)

Wing, left
Register 1: Noli me Tangere (Christ appearing to saint Mary Magdalene). Crucifixion with the Virgin and saint John the Evangelist; sun and moon.
Register 2: Annunciation; vase of lilies; dove of the Holy Spirit. Visitation.
Wing, right
Register 1: Presentation in the Temple; maid holding a candlestick and a basket of doves brought as offerings; Christ standing on the altar between the Virgin and Simeon. Coronation of the Virgin.
Register 2: Nativity and Annunciation to the Shepherds; musician shepherd holding a shawm. Adoration of the Magi.
Beaded border.

Randall 1993: Flemish, 3rd quarter of the 14th century.


Two hinges.

Object Condition
Three drilled holes at the top of each wing (all plugged). Small chip on the lower left side of the left leaf.

Collection of Paul R. G. Horst, Paris: Christie's, London, 28 November 1961, lot 82, pl. XXIII. Bought thanks to the Rexford Stead Purchase Fund, from Jacques Seligmann, Paris, in 1968.

Developments in Early Renaissance: A Loan Exhibition, exhibition catalogue, Binghamton, The Centre for Medieval and Early Renaissance Studies, State University of New York at Binghamton, University Art Gallery, 4-14 May 1968, pp. 24-25 (with ill.).
R. H. Randall, The Golden Age of Ivory: Gothic Ivory Carvings in North American Collections (New York, 1993), no. 111.
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. 613-14, in relation to no. 190.
P. Williamson and G. Davies, Medieval Ivory Carvings 1200-1550 (London, 2014), p. 289, in relation to no. 95.


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