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Diptych, 1 register, 1 arch across (plaquettes) (Front)

Diptych, 1 register, 1 arch across (plaquettes) (Front)
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Religious. Lives of saints.

Repository Institution

Cleveland, The Cleveland Museum of Art


Ivory;silver (hinges)

Height: 92mm
Width: 104mm (open)
Depth: 6mm

Wing, left
Consecration of saint Martin of Tours; bishops with croziers, probably including saint Hillary, bishop of Poitiers; unidentified painted kneeling tonsured figure above the head of the central figure, possibly the donor.
Wing, right
Saint Martin and the beggar.
Tiles. Pinnacles.

Wixom 1972: 15th century.
Gaborit-Chopin 1978: German (Cologne), c. 1340-1350.
Randall 1993: German (Cologne), c. 1340-1360.
Detroit 1997: German (Cologne), c. 1340-1350.
Museum's opinion 2010: German (Cologne?), c. 1340-1360.


Two original hinges.

Polychromy - Gilding
Extensive traces of polychromy (blue in the background; red in the spandrels) and gilding (hair, patterns along the hems; harness; architectural details), unidentified painted kneeling tonsured figure above the head of the central figure, possibly the donor.The polychromy and gilding appear to be original. The blue is lapis lazuli.

Object Condition
Both hinges are broken.
Missing: part of saint Martin's left foot.

Ozenfant collection, Lille. Private collection, Northern France. Bought thanks to the J. H. Wade Fund from Julius Bohler, Munich, in 1971.

'The Year in Review 1971', in Cleveland Museum of Art Bulletin (January 1972), pp. 8, 41
W. D. Wixom, 'Twelve Additions to the Medieval Treasury', in the Cleveland Museum of Art Bulletin 59 (1972), pp. 95-99, fig. 23 and back cover.
D. Gaborit-Chopin, Ivoires du Moyen Age (Freiburg, 1978), no. and fig. 241.
The Cleveland Museum of Art Handbook (1991), p. 48.
R. H. Randall, The Golden Age of Ivory: Gothic Ivory Carvings in North American Collections (New York, 1993), no. 88, pl. 10.
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, no. 41.
P. Williamson and G. Davies, Medieval Ivory Carvings 1200-1550 (London, 2014), in relation to no. 29.


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