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Mirror case, frame of 6 lobes (valve de miroir) (Front)

Mirror case, frame of 6 lobes (valve de miroir) (Front)
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Secular. Courtly love.

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Berlin, Skulpturensammlung und Museum für Byzantinische Kunst

Inv. 653 (almost completely destroyed)

Ivory;metal (mount)

Height: 89mm (diameter)

Courting couples (meeting of lovers); youth kneeling before a lady; winged God of Love in a tower throwing arrows at lovers; youth chucking his lover under the chin.
Masks in the spandrels.

Koechlin Number: 1074

Westwood 1876: Germany, 14th century.
Vöge 1900: France, 14th century.
Volbach 1923: France, early 14th century.
Koechlin 1924: France, 1st half of the 14th century.
Dokumentation 2006: France, early 14th century.


Object Condition
Prior to WWII
Vertical crack across the left side.
Almost completely destroyed during WWII: twelve fragments have survived.

Acquired by the Kunstkammer in 1843 in Florence; undocumented after 7 April 1945; twelve fragments returned by the Soviet Union to the Museum in 1958.

C. Becker, J. H. von Hefner-Alteneck, Kunstwerke und Geräthschaften des Mittelalters und der Renaissance (Frankfurt, 1863), II, pl. 2.
J. O. Westwood, Fictile Ivories in the South Kensington Museum (London, 1876), no. 865 (`73.325).
J. von Hefner-Alteneck, Trachten (Frankfurt, 1879), III (1882), pl. 158.
W. Vöge, Die Königlichen Museen zu Berlin. Beschreibung der Bildwerke der christlichen Epochen. Zweite Auflage. Elfenbeinwerke (Berlin, 1900), no. 93, pl. XXXII.
W. F. Volbach, Die Bildwerke des Deutschen Museums, Die Elfenbeinbildwerke (Berlin, 1923), p. 47, pl. 56.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, p. 402; II, no. 1074.
Dokumentation der Verluste. Skulpturensammlung, VII: Skulpturen, Möbel (Berlin, 2006), p. 241.


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