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Mirror case (valve de miroir) (Front)

Mirror case (valve de miroir) (Front)
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Secular. Courtly love. Hunting scene.

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Saint Petersburg, The State Hermitage Museum

Inv. F 1515


Height: 89 mm
Width: 80 mm
Depth: 7 mm

Hawking party; courting couple (meeting of lovers); lady and youth hawking on horseback; lady wearing a horned headdress (bourrelet); hunters on foot with spears; castle; trees; lady crowning her kneeling lover; dog.
Foliated corner terminals.

Koechlin Number: 1036

Koechlin 1924: France, mid 14th century.
Kube 1924: France, 14th century.
Kryzhanovskaya 2013: France, 2nd third of the 14th century.


Back turned with a depression for (missing) mirror.

Object Condition
Two holes in the upper part of the piece, one of them caused it to crack.

Collection of E. Laborie, Paris: his sale, 1867, lot 109 (Catalogue des objets d'art et de haute couture du Moyen Âge, de la Renaissance et des temps modernes composant la précieuse collection de M. E. Laborie (Paris, 1867), no. 109) ; collection of Vasiliy L'vovich Naryshkin (b. 1841, d. 1906); donated to the Stieglitz Museum of Applied Arts (no. 6730), Saint Petersburg, in 1871; transferred to the Hermitage in 1919.

Collection V. Narischkin. Objets d'art (Paris, 1869), no. 106.
Ukazatel' sobraniiu khudozhestvennykh proizvedeniy, pozhalovannomu gosudarem imperatorom Muzeiu Obshchestva pooshchreniia khudozhnikov i podnesennomu gosudariu V. L. Naryshkinym (Saint Petersburg, 1871), no. 121.
Katalog Muzeia Imperatorskogo Obshchestva pooshchreniia khudozhestv (Saint Petersburg, 1904), no. 91, p. 432.
A. N. Kube, Gosudarstvennyi Ermitazh. Putevoditel' po otdeleniiu srednikh vekov i epokhi Vozrozhdeniia [State Hermitage Museum. Guide to the Medieval and Renaissance sections] (Saint Petersburg, 1921), p. 59.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, p. 384; II, no. 1036.
A. N. Kube, Reznaia kost'. Katalog [Ivory Carvings Catalogue Hermitage], (Leningrad [Saint Petersburg], 1925), no. 98.
M. Kryzhanovskaya, 'Kostianoi larets XIV veka i rodstvennye emu pamiatniki v sobranii Gosudarstvennogo Ermitazha', in Kul'tura i iskusstvo zapadnoevropeiskogo srednevekov'ia: materialy nauchnoi konferentsii (Moscow, 1981), pp. 277-288 (p. 288).
E. Nekrasova, Proizvedeniia frantsuzskoi reznoi kosti XIV veka kak pamiatniki srednevekovoi kurtuaznoi kul'tury, PhD thesis (Academy of Arts, Saint Petersburg, 2002), p. 44.
M. Kryzhanovskaya, Western European Medieval Ivories. Catalogue of the Collection (Зaпaднoeврoпeйскaя рeзнaя кoстъ Срeдних вeкoв. Кataлoг кoллeкции), (Saint Peterburg, 2014), no. 109.


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