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Mirror case (valve de miroir) (Front)

Mirror case (valve de miroir) (Front)
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Secular. Courtly love.

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Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum



Height: 105mm (diameter)

Meeting of lovers (courting couples); fashionable dress; man wearing a houppelande with long dagged-edged sleeves and a big cloth cap; lady wearing with long dagged-edged sleeves and an elaborate horned headdress (à bourrelet); male musician playing the harp; man holding a flower; trees.
Crosshatched background; roped border.

Koechlin 1924: France, 19th century.
Van Os 1996: Northern Italy, early 15th century.
Museum's opinion 2011: Northern France or Flanders, c. 1425-50.
Rotterdam 2012: Northern France or South Netherlandish, c. 1425.


Object Condition
Central hole in the upper part of the piece, probably for hanging (later). Edge chipped in places.
Missing: border.

This mirror case may form a pair with another half which was in a private collection in London in 2015. See related objects.

On the art market, Paris, in November 1980. Blondeel Gallery, Antwerp; Collection of Willem Neutelings-Neuts, Brasschaat (1981-1986); Jeanne Neutelings-Neuts, Brasschaat (1986-1992); donated by her to the museum in 1992.

'Keuze uit recente schenkingen en legaten', ed. by R. Baarsen, in Bulletin van het Rijksmuseum XL (1992), pp. 297-298.
H. van Os, Een engel in de koffer: Willem Neutelings en zijn verzameling (Baarn, 1996), pp. 29-30, fig. 36.
Een hogere werkelijkheid, Duitse en Franse beeldhouwkunst 1200-1600 uit het Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, ed. by F. Scholten and G. de Werd, exhibition catalogue, Amsterdam, Museum Kurhaus Kleef, 2004, pp. 142-3, no. 63.
F. Scholten, Isabella's pleurants: tien beelden van een Bourgondisch praalgraf (Amsterdam, 2007), p. 6, fig. 7.
P. te Poel, Collectie Neutelings Bonnefantenmuseum (Maastricht, 2007), pp. 51, 95.
S. Kemperdick, F. Lammertse, The Road to Van Eyck, exhibition catalogue, Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, 2012, no. 50.


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