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Casket with openwork panels (coffret; plaquettes ajourées) (Body, front)

Casket with openwork panels (coffret; plaquettes ajourées) (Body, front)
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Body, back

End, right

End, left


Body, front


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London, Victoria and Albert Museum


Leather;gilt copper;brass (nails on the bottom);red printed paper with flowers in gold and leaves in black (probably 18th century);bone

Height: 86 mm
Width: 190mm
Depth: 130 mm

Tracery; foliated decoration; vine scrolls (rinceaux).
Body, front
Strawberry plants.
End, right
Standing lady; flowers (violets?).
Body, back
Bear; oak leaves and acorns.
End, left
Standing man; flowers including thistles.

Molinier 1890: German, 15th century.
Williamson and Davies 2014: Upper Rhenish, middle of 15th century.


Three labels glued on the bottom: oval Spitzer sale label covering earlier light blue label and strip of paper with Salting number 1345 glued to earlier pink label with inventory number Y.137.

Object Condition
Leather background discolored and darkened.

Collection of Frédéric Spitzer, Paris: his sale, Chevallier and Mannheim, Paris, 27 April 1893, lot 142. Collection of George Salting, London: his bequest to the museum in 1910 (no. 1345).

La Collection Spitzer (Paris, 1890), I, no. 107 (E. Molinier).
'Salting Bequest (A. 70 to A. 1029-1910) / Murray Bequest (A. 1030 to A. 1096-1910)', In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum (Department of Architecture and Sculpture), (London, 1910).
M. Longhurst, Catalogue of Carvings in Ivory, Victoria and Albert Museum, 2 vols (London, 1927 and 1929), II (1929), pp. 57-58.
N. Jopek, 'Der Kardinal', in Kunstchronik 61 (2008), p. 216 (Gd. 141).
P. Williamson and G. Davies, Medieval Ivory Carvings 1200-1550 (London, 2014), no. 240.


© Bibliothèque des Arts décoratifs, Paris, Collection Maciet. Volume 325/15/57.

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