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Gabled triptych, 2 registers (frise d'arcatures; colonnettes) (Back)

Gabled triptych, 2 registers (frise d'arcatures; colonnettes) (Back)
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Religious. Life of the Virgin.

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Antwerp, Museum Mayer van den Bergh


Ivory;metal (hinges and clasp)

Height: 132mm
Width: 59-62mm (centre); 29-31mm (wings)

Wing, left
Register 1: unidentified standing female saint; standing angel swinging a censer (part of the Coronation).
Register 2: Adoring Magi (part of the Adoration of the Magi).
Centre panel
Register 1: Coronation; two standing angels holding candlesticks; angel crowning the Virgin; throne decorated with a pierced quatrefoil.
Register 2: Standing Virgin and Child (Vierge glorieuse); two standing angels holding candlesticks.
Wing, right
Register 1: unidentified standing female saint; standing angel swinging a censer (part of the Coronation).
Register 2: Presentation in the Temple with the Virgin holding Christ.
Rounded trefoils. Tracery. Rose windows.

Koechlin Number: 0054

Koechlin 1924: France, end of the 13th century.
De Coo 1933: France, early 14th century.
De Coo 1969: Soissons atelier, c. 1290.
Museum's opinion 2012: France (Paris), c. 1290.

Soissons group (Atelier du Diptyque de Soissons)

Two hinges on either side.

Polychromy - Gilding
Traces of polychromy.

Flat and smooth.

Object Condition
Ten filled-in holes.

Collection of Louis Fidel Debruge-Duménil (b. 1788; d. 1838): sale, Paris 28-31 January 1840, lot 44. Collection of Carlo Micheli (d. 1895?), Paris: sold with the rest of his collection in 1898 by his daughter, Marie Micheli, to Fritz Mayer van den Bergh (b. 1858, d. 1901), Antwerp; upon his death, his mother Henriëtte had a purpose-built museum erected (1901-1904) to house his collection.

R. Koechlin, 'Quelques ateliers d'ivoiriers français aux XIII et XIVe siècles.', in Gazette des Beaux-Arts (1905), pp. 377-378.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, pp. 85-86; II, no. 54.
J. De Coo, Catalogue du Musée Mayer van den Bergh (Antwerp, 1933), no. 237.
De Madonna in de Kunst, exhibition catalogue, Antwerp, Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, 1954, no. 584.
H. Schnitzler, F. Volbach, P. Bloch, Skulpturen, Elfenbein, Perlmutter, Stein, Holz Europäisches Mittelalter, Sammlung E. und M. Kofler-Truniger, 2 vols (Lucerne, 1964), p. 21 (in relation to no. S.56).
H. Schnitzler, F. Volbach, P. Bloch and C. Ratton, 'Mittelalterliche Kunst der Sammlung Kofler- Truniger', in Aachener Kunstblatter 31 (1965), no. S.56.
J. De Coo, 'L'ancienne collection Micheli au Musée Mayer van den Bergh', in Gazette des Beaux Arts (Dec. 1965), no. 175.
J. De Coo, Museum Mayer Van den Bergh, Catalogus 2. Beeldhouwkunst, plaketten, antiek (Antwerp, 1969), no. 2090.
KIK/IRPA database: http://www.kikirpa.be/www2/wwwopac/en/object.html [accessed October 2009].
J. Lowden, Medieval and Later Ivories in the Courtauld Gallery (London, 2013), p. 52, fig. 30, in relation to no. 4.


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