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Diptych, 2 registers, 3 arches across (frise d'arcatures) (Wing, right)

Diptych, 2 registers, 3 arches across (frise d'arcatures) (Wing, right)
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Wing, left


Religious. Saints. Life of Christ.

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Rouen, Bibliothèque Jacques Villon

Leber 138

Ivory;silver (hinges)

Height: 105mm
Width: 61mm (each)
Depth: 6mm

Wing, left
Register 1: Crucifixion; swooning Virgin supported by Holy Women; saint John the Evangelist and crowned onlookers; rugged cross. 
Register 2: Annunciation; vase of lilies; dove of the Holy Spirit. Visitation.
Wing, right
Register 1: Coronation of the Virgin; angel crowning the Virgin; blessing gesture; saint John the Baptist holding the Lamb of God (Agnus Dei); camel hide; clouds.
Register 2: saint Peter holding a key; saint Paul holding a sword; saint Mary Magdalene or saint Barbara (?) holding an ointment pot or pyx; saint Catherine with a wheel and martyr's palm; crown.
Pointed trefoils; border of dentils; diapered background.

Koechlin Number: 0880bis

Koechlin 1924: France, end of the 14th century or 19th century (?).


Two hinges.

Flat and smooth. Library label with inventory number.

Collection of Jean-Michel Constant Leber (b. 1780, d. 1859): sold as part of his collection (mostly consisting of books but including a few objects such as this one) in 1838 to the city of Rouen.

F. Séré and P. Lacroix, Le Moyen-Age et la Renaissance, 5 vols (Paris, 1848-1861), II (1849), with reproduction.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, p. 330; II, no. 880bis.


© Collections Bibliothèque municipale de Rouen. Photographie: Thierry Ascencio-Parvy.

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