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Diptych, 2 registers, 3 arches across (Front)

Diptych, 2 registers, 3 arches across (Front)
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Religious. Infancy of Christ. Life of Christ.

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Baltimore, Walters Art Museum

Inv. 71.201

Ivory;metal (hinges)

Height: 168 mm
Width: 80 mm (each)

Wing, left
Register 1: Nativity and Annunciation to the Shepherds; musician shepherd playing the bagpipes.
Register 2: Crucifixion; swooning Virgin supported by Holy Women; saint John the Evangelist and onlookers holding scrolls.
Wing, right
Register 1: Adoration of the Magi.
Register 2: Christ in Glory with Resurrection of the Dead. Angels holding Instruments of the Passion (nails, spear, cross, crown of thorns); Virgin and saint John the Baptist kneeling; souls rising from their tombs under an arch.

Koechlin Number: 0298

Koechlin 1924: France, end of the 2nd third of the 14th century.
Randall 1985 and Museum's opinion 2010: Flemish or Mosan, last quarter of the 14th century.


Two hinges.

Collection of Michel Boy, Paris: his sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 13-14 May 1905, lot 286; collection of Édouard Chappey: sale, Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, 5-7 June 1907, lot 1682. Raphael Stora collection, New York. Private collection, Lyon. Bought by Henry Walters from Léon Gruel in 1925 in Paris; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.

R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, p. 173; II, no. 298.
The International Style: The Arts of Europe around 1400, ed. by P. Verdier, exhibition catalogue, Baltimore, Walters Art Gallery, 1962, no. 110.
R. H. Randall, Medieval Ivories in the Walters Art Gallery (Baltimore, 1969), no. 19.
R. H. Randall, Masterpieces of Ivory from the Walters Art Gallery (New York, 1985), no. 310.


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