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Box, 1 register, 3 arches across (frise d'arcatures) (Front)

Box, 1 register, 3 arches across (frise d'arcatures) (Front)
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Secular. Courtly love.

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Baltimore, Walters Art Museum

Inv. 71.283A

Ivory;metal (fittings)

Height: 93mm
Width: 54mm

Bottom of the box: courting couple in a tent (meeting of lovers); youth chucking his lover under the chin; lady with a hawk on her wrist; couple seated under a tree; offering of a chaplet (gift of a chaplet); hermit reading outside his cell; walled city.

Ann Arbor 1975: French, last quarter of the 14th century.
Randall 1985: North French (?), 3rd quarter of the 14th century. Attributed to the Atelier of the Boxes.
Detroit 1997 and Museum's opinion 2010: North French, 1340-1360.

Atelier of the Boxes (Randall 1985)

Recessed with a raised border on three sides.

The box is 3/16 inches deep, its original use is not known although W. Levin suggested it could have been used for wax (Ann Arbor, 1975, p. 112).

Sale, Cologne, 14 December 1893, lot 92. Marcus Antocolsky collection, Paris: Antocolsky sale, Drouot, 10 June 1901, lot 73. Collection of George Robinson Harding, London; bought, London, 15 June 1901, by Henry Walters; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.

R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), II, p. 420 (in relation to no. 1181 and 1182).
The International Style: The Arts of Europe around 1400, ed. by P. Verdier, exhibition catalogue, Baltimore, Walters Art Gallery, 1962, no. 111.
Images of Love and Death in Renaissance and Late Medieval Art, exhibition catalogue, ed. by W. R. Levin, Ann Harbor, University of Michigan, Nov. 1975-Jan. 1976, no. 75, pl. VI.
R. H. Randall, Masterpieces of Ivory from the Walters Art Gallery (New York, 1985), no. 339.
R. H. Randall, 'Medieval Ivories in the Romance tradition', in Gesta, 28 (1989), pp. 30-40.
P. Jolly, 'Crosscurrents in the Mid-Trecento French Medieval Ivories and the Camposanto, Pisa', in Gazette des Beaux-Arts, 118 (November 1991), pp. 161-170 (p. 165).
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, p. 76, fig. V-7.
J. Warren, Medieval and Renaissance Sculpture in the Ashmolean Museum, 3 vols (Oxford, 2014), Vol. 2: Sculptures in Stone, Clay, Ivory, Bone and Wood, pp. 589-90, in relation to no. 176.


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