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Back panel, 1 register (fragment of a casket; coffret)

Back panel, 1 register (fragment of a casket; coffret)
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Secular. Courtly love. Romance.

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Paris, Musée du Louvre

OA 10958


Height: 58-60mm
Width: 244mm
Depth: 4mm

Winged God of Love in a tree throwing arrows at lovers. Hawking party; courting couple; lady and youth on horseback; youth with a hawk on his wrist; dog. Tristan and Iseult conversing; Iseult holding a dog; Tristan with a hawk on his wrist; king Mark in the tree; fountain reflecting king Mark's face.
Couple playing chess in a tent; lady wearing a crown.

Gaborit-Chopin 2003 and Museum's opinion 2010: Paris, c. 1340-1350.


Polychromy - Gilding
No trace of polychromy or gilding (see unpublished reports by C2RMF, 1983, and by A. Cascio and J. Levy, 2002).

Object Condition
Chip to the lady's bodice, on the right.
Ivory dry, very cracked.
Holes to attach ironwork (lost).
All the borders of the fragments have been thinned, and the horizontal edges of the smaller fragments recut.
Before 1880, the ivories were inlaid in a red-coloured wooden panel (dating from the first half of the 19th century?), decorated with drawings in ink and the arms of the Mailly family, along with 2 other ivory plaques from elsewhere (Italy, 15th century). As this wooden mount was warped and damaging the ivories, they were removed.

Three other panels have survived from the same casket, also in the Louvre collection (see related objects).

Collection of the comte de Mailly (?); collection of the marquis de Mailly-Nesle, La Roche-Mailly (Sarthe, France); collection of Claude Vaudecrane, Le Mans. Acquired by the Musée du Louvre in 1983.

Exposition des Beaux-Arts. Section de l'art rétrospectif, exhibition catalogue, Le Mans, 1880, no. 1205.
Les Trésors du patrimoine sarthois: de l'Antiquité à nos jours, exhibition catalogue, Le Mans, Abbaye de l'Epau, 1980, no. 1-7.
Acquisitions', in Revue du Louvre, 1984-2, p. 147, fig. 1.
Nouvelles acquisitions du département des Objets d'art, Paris, Musée du Louvre, 1985, no. 6, fig.
D. Gaborit-Chopin, Ivoires médiévaux, Ve-XVe siècle (Paris: Musée du Louvre, 2003), no. 174.
P. M. Carns, 'Playing the fool: La Folie Tristan on two French Gothic Ivories', in Sculpture Journal 23.1 (2014), pp. 51-63, fig. 9.


© Musée du Louvre, Paris - Martine Beck-Coppola

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