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Box with pitched lid (boîte) (Back)

Box with pitched lid (boîte) (Back)
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Lid, front



Religious. Lives of Saints.

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Paris, Musée du Louvre

OA 124


Height: 121mm
Depth: 177mm

Lid, top
Annunciation; vase of lilies; dove of the Holy Spirit.
Lid, front Nativity.
Body, front
Saint John the Baptist holding the Lamb of God (Agnus Dei). Two beasts (dogs or wolves?). Saint Catherine of Alexandria with broken wheel and martyr's palm.
Lid, right
Prophet holding a scroll in the gable.
End, right
Saint Anthony abbot standing in flames. Saint Mary Magdalene with ointment pot and martyr's palm.
Lid, back
Adoration of the Shepherds or adoration of the Magi; candles (?); dog.
Body, back
Saint Simon with a saw. Saint Agatha with pincers. Saint Andrew with saltire cross. Saint Agnes with lamb and martyr's palm.
Lid, left
Prophet holding a scroll in the gable.
End, left
Saint Paul with the sword. Saint Peter with the key.
Bottom: diamond pattern.
Foliated border. Crosshatched background.

Koechlin Number: 0964

Koechlin 1924: France, late 15th century.
Gaborit-Chopin 2003 and Museum's opinion 2010: Flanders (?), 2nd half of the 15th century.


Polychromy - Gilding
Traces of gilding and polychromy (modern, see report by A. Cascio and J. Levy, 1999).

Engraved on all sides.

Object Condition
Missing: parts of the setting, including 2 from the base.Several of the panels are modern (perhaps including a prophet on the side of the lid, two beasts on the front, Mary Magdalene, Saint Peter).
Base heavily restored.Lock, hinges and handle are modern.Cracks around the lock.
The casket may have been entirely reset, as the style of the lid panels is different from that of the sides.
On base, labelled: 'A. 77'.

Collection of Alexandre-Charles Sauvageot, Paris (no. 262); gift of A.-C. Sauvageot to the Museum in 1856.

A. Sauzay, Musée impérial du Louvre. Catalogue du musée Sauvageot (Paris, 1861), no. 262.
A. Sauzay, Musée de la Renaissance [Musée du Louvre]. Notice des ivoires (Paris, 1863), no. 77.
E. Molinier, Musée National du Louvre. Catalogue des ivoires (Paris, 1896), no. 134.
J. von Schlosser, Die Werkstatt der Embriachi in Venedig, in Jahrbuch der kunsthistorischen Sammlungen des Allerhöchsten Kaiserhauses, 20 (1899), no. 85.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, p. 342; II, no. 964.
D. Gaborit-Chopin, Ivoires médiévaux, Ve-XVe siècle (Paris: Musée du Louvre, 2003), no. 254.
J. Lowden, Medieval and Later Ivories in the Courtauld Gallery (London, 2013), p. 112, in relation to no. 20.


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