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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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Naples, Museo di Capodimonte

Inv. AM 10897


Height: 102mm
Width: 99mm
Depth: 9mm

Courting couple (meeting of lovers); youth chucking his lover under the chin; lady with a hawk on her wrist; attendant with a horse; figures wearing chaplets pierced with small holes; whip; trees.

Koechlin Number: 0994

Koechlin 1924: possibly foreign imitation of a French model, 1st half of the 14th century.
Vitali 1976: France, 1st half of the 14th century.
Naples 1981: Paris?, early 14th century, 1300-1320.


Polychromy - Gilding
Traces of gilding and polychromy: red (robes), three-dot pattern on the background.

Back turned with a depression for (missing) mirror. Soprintendenza label with inscription: '4934'.

Object Condition
Vertical crack with some loss to the background between the attendant and the lover.
Later hole at the base of the piece.

Bourbon collection: acquired after 1816; part of the collections of the Real Museo Borbonico which, in 1860, became the Museo Nazionale; transferred in 1957 to the Museo di Capodimonte.

J. O. Westwood, Fictile Ivories in the South Kensington Museum (London, 1876), Appendix, p. 371, no. 1210.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, pp. 376-377, 379, 481; II, no. 994.
A. O. Quintavalle, 'Medioevo ignorato. Avori gotici nelle pubbliche collezioni napoletane', in Crisopoli (1934), p. 122, fig. 8.
L. Vitali, Avori gotici francesi (Milan, 1976), no. 8.
Medioevo e produzione artistica di serie. Smalti di Limoges e avori gotici in Campania, ed. by P. Giusti, P. Leone de Castris, exhibition catalogue, Naples, Museo Duca di Martina, 1981, p. 98, no. II.3.
J. Warren, Medieval and Renaissance Sculpture in the Ashmolean Museum, 3 vols (Oxford, 2014), Vol. 2: Sculptures in Stone, Clay, Ivory, Bone and Wood, p. 568, in relation to no. 164.
P. Williamson and G. Davies, Medieval Ivory Carvings 1200-1550 (London, 2014), in relation to no. 195.


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