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Troyes, Cathedral Treasury

Inv. 47


Height: 235mm
Width: 80mm
Depth: 95mm; base diameter

Seated Virgin and Child; Christ in long robe; Christ seated on the Virgin's left knee; crown; bench; blessing gesture; Christ holding a fruit in his left hand.
Sides of the bench decorated with painted tracery (trefoils enclosed in a medallion).

Koechlin Number: 0023

Koechlin 1924, France, end of the 3rd quarter of the 13th century.
Paris 1950: France, late 13th century.
Hany-Longuespé 2005: 13th century.


Polychromy - Gilding
Traces of gilding and polychromy: gold (crown and veil of the Virgin; pattern along the Virgin's robe; robe of Christ), green ? (lining of the Virgin's cloak), and remains of colours in the Virgin's robe and Christ's robe; painted tracery (trefoils enclosed in a medallion) on the sides of the bench.

Carved in the round but lower relief on the back.
Back of the bench flat with an engraved or painted circle.

Object Condition
Missing: head of Christ and right forearm of the Virgin (modern replacements; possibly also the right arm and left forearm of Christ); part of the Virgin's veil, to the right of her face.
Crown partly broken.

Said to have come from Boulogne-sur-Mer and to have been brought to Champagne by M. de Torci, priest of Unienville (Chauvet 1889; Koechlin 1924). Kept in the Unienville Church (Aube) from 1807; date of transfer to the Cathedral Treasury unknown.

Exhibited at the Exposition de Troyes, [year ?].
Abbé Chauvet, 'L'Eglise et les seigneurs d'Unienville', in Revue de Champagne et de Brie: histoire, biographie, archéologie, documents (1889), pp. 563-592 (p. 568).
Exposition Universelle de 1900, Catalogue illustré Officiel de l'Exposition Rétrospective de l'Art Français (Paris, 1900), no. 65, p. 9.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), II, no. 23.
La Vierge dans l'art français, exhibition catalogue, Paris, Petit Palais, 1950, no. 241.
Trésors des églises de France, exhibition catalogue, Paris, Musée des arts décoratifs, 1965, no. 184.
N. Hany-Longuespé, Le Trésor et les reliques de la cathédrale de Troyes de la IVe croisade à nos jours (Troyes, 2005), p. 194.
Palissy database: http://www.culture.gouv.fr/public/mistral/dapapal_fr [accessed September 2009; search under Unienville]


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