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Diptych, 2 registers, 3 arches across (frise d'arcatures) (Front)

Diptych, 2 registers, 3 arches across (frise d'arcatures) (Front)
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Wing, left

Wing, right

Religious. Passion. Infancy of Christ.

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Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago

Inv. 1970.115

Ivory;metal (hinges)

Height: 213mm
Width: 216mm (open)

Wing, left
Register 1: Nativity and Annunciation to the Shepherds.
Register 2: Adoration of the Magi.
Wing, right
Register 1: Crucifixion; swooning Virgin supported by Holy Women; saint John the Evangelist and onlookers holding scrolls. 
Register 2: Entombment (Anointing of Christ's body).

Randall 1993 and Museum's opinion 2011: French (Paris), 1340-1360.
Rowe 2011: Paris, c. 1340-1360.


Two missing hinges.

Object Condition
Broken around the hinges. Right wing broken and glued back together.

The Jesuit Church at Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England (before 1900). Collection of Stonyhurst College, Clitheroe, Lancashire, England (from 1900). London, Sotheby's, 2 December 1969, lot 13 to unknown buyer (Millich?). Ronald A. Lee, London (by 23 December 1969); bought by the Art Institute from Ronald A. Lee in 1970, thanks to the Kate S. Buckingham Fund.

Reproduced in Connoisseur 173, no. 697 (1970), n.p.
R. H. Randall, The Golden Age of Ivory: Gothic Ivory Carvings in North American Collections (New York, 1993), no. 76.
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, pp. 104-107, fig. VII-6.
C. Nielsen, 'Devotion and Splendor: Medieval Art at the Art Institute of Chicago', in Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies, 30, 2, 2003, p. 61, no. 39.
N. Rowe, 'Pocket Crucifixions: Jesus, Jews, and Ownership in Fourteenth-Century Ivories', in Studies in Iconography 32 (2011), pp. 81-120 (p, 81, fig. 1).
J. Lowden, Medieval and Later Ivories in the Courtauld Gallery (London, 2013), p. 80, in relation to no. 12.


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