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Diptych, 1 register, 3 arches across (frise d'arcatures; plaquettes) (Front)

Diptych, 1 register, 3 arches across (frise d'arcatures; plaquettes) (Front)
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Religious. Life of the Virgin.

Private collection, London (in 2010)


Ivory;metal (hinges)

Height: 92mm
Width: 71mm (each)
Depth: 6mm

Wing, left
Coronation of the Virgin; musician angels (portable organ, bagpipes; whistle; string instrument).
Wing, right
Death of the Virgin (Dormition); Christ holding the soul of the Virgin; apostle holding a pillow under the Virgin's head; ten apostles.
Pointed trefoils in the spandrels.

Schnitzler, Volbach and Bloch 1964: France, 3rd quarter of the 14th century.


Flat and smooth. Blumka label. Label: 'S 82'. Label: 'K453'.

Object Condition
Central hole in the upper part of each wing.

Eyes have been drilled.

Collection of Ernst and Martha Kofler-Truniger, Lucerne. Mercken collection, Cologne. Blumka Gallery and Julius Böhler (Collecting Treasures of the Past. The Kofler-Truniger Collection and Other Important Early Works of Art, Blumka Gallery, 26 January-11 February 2000, no. 9); private collection, London (bought, Blumka Gallery, New York, 11 June 2001).

H. Schnitzler, F. Volbach, P. Bloch, Skulpturen, Elfenbein, Perlmutter, Stein, Holz Europäisches Mittelalter, Sammlung E. und M. Kofler-Truniger, 2 vols (Lucerne, 1964), no. S.82.
P. Bloch et al., 'Mittelalterliche Kunst der Sammlung Kofler-Truniger, Luzern', in Aachener Kunstblätter, 31 (1965), p. 25, no. S.82, pl. 106.
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. 558, in relation to no. 159 and no. 174.


© Private Collection, London.
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