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Panel, 1 register, 3 arches across (plaquette; frise d'arcatures); reused as a cover for a sundial (Interior of lid)

Panel, 1 register, 3 arches across (plaquette; frise d'arcatures); reused as a cover for a sundial (Interior of lid)
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Basel, Historisches Museum Basel



Height: 76mm
Width: 45mm
Depth: 3.5mm
Weight: 63.47g

Saint Laurence holding a gridiron; standing Virgin and Child; saint John the Baptist holding the Lamb of God (Agnus Dei).
Pointed trefoils. Diapered background.

Leeuwenberg 1969: France (?), last quarter of the 18th century to 1st half of the 19th century.
Museum's opinion 2010: France (?), early 14th century or 19th century.

Master of the Agrafe Forgeries (Leeuwenberg 1969)

Not visible.

Object Condition
A few drilled holes, some are plugged with ivory.

Mounted with four pins to the lid of a sundial with a compass in 1578, by Hans Ducher/Tucher in Augusta (Augsburg). Inscription on the sundial: 'HANS DVCHER', and dated 1578.

Possibly in Augsburg in the 16th century (?). Public art collection (pre 1870; mentioned in 1859 catalogue) which became part of the Historisches Museum when it opened in 1892.

Verzeichniss der Mittelalterlichen Sammlung in der S. Nicolaus-Capelle und dem Conciliumssaale des Basler Münsters (Basel, 1859), p. 30, no. 56.
Tardy, Les Ivoires (Paris, 1966), p. 39.
J. Leeuwenberg, 'Early Nineteenth-Century Gothic Ivories', in Aachener Kunstblätter, 39 (1969), pp. 111-148 (pp. 133-135, fig. 37).
J. Warren, Medieval and Renaissance Sculpture in the Ashmolean Museum, 3 vols (Oxford, 2014), Vol. 2: Sculptures in Stone, Clay, Ivory, Bone and Wood, pp. 612-13, in relation to no. 189.


© Historisches Museum Basel. Photograph Ph. Emmel.

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