Museum files 2010: North Italian (Tyrol or Piedmont), 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 15th century.
Polychromy - Gilding
Extensive polychromy and gilding: gold, red and green.
Carved on all sides.
Missing: border strips on the back, left end and bottom; lock.
Some dividing strips seem to be later replacements.
The The interior is decorated with a chequered pattern alternating ebony and bone. The iconographical cycle is inspired by the Biblia pauperum.
Inscription on the underside: '19073' and '69'.
Collection of Olegario Junyent, Catalan painter, stage designer and illustrator (b. 1856, d. 1956); collection of Bartolomé March Servera (b. 1917, d. 1998), Palma de Mallorca; Christie's London, 12 December 2000, lot 18; acquired by the museum on the Spanish antiques market.
P. Tachard, 'Les Grandes collections d'objets d'art ancien en Espagne. Les coffrets de la collection Junyent', in Vell i nou. Epoca II : revista mensual d'art 3 (1921), pp. 17-21.
Exposición Oleguer Junyent, exhibition catalogue, Barcelona, Palacio de la Virreina, 1961, p. 47, no. 215.
H. Appuhn, 'Kleinodientruhen-private Denkmäler', in Weltkunst (15 February 1980), p. 404, pl. 6.
M.-M. Estella Marcos, La Escultura de marfil en España románica y gótica (Madrid, 1984), fig. 63.
P. Williamson and G. Davies, Medieval Ivory Carvings 1200-1550 (London, 2014), in relation to no. 175.
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