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Openwork triptych, 4 registers (ajouré) (Front, detail)

Openwork triptych, 4 registers (ajouré) (Front, detail)
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Religious. Life of the Virgin. Infancy of Christ.

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Metz, Musée de La Cour d'Or

Inv. 2831

Bone;wood;iron (decorated lock and hinges)

Height: 1050mm
Width: 1105mm (open)
Depth: 200mm

Wing, left
Register 1: angels holding a coat of arms (Aragon); crown.
Register 2: Unidentified scene. Unidentified scene (Pentecost?).
Register 3: Annunciation of the birth of Christ to Joseph (?). Betrayal (Taking of Christ; Kiss of Judas); soldier holding a rope.
Register 4: Deathbed scene (possibly Death of the Virgin; Dormition).
Centre panel
Register 1: medallions with male and female figures in bust.
Register 2: Christ and the Samaritan woman, sitting at Jacob's well; Christ asking the woman of Samaria for a drink from her jug. Christ healing a paralytic (?).
Register 3: Crucifixion; swooning Virgin supported by Holy Women; saint John the Evangelist and onlookers; angels holding scrolls. Deposition; angels crying.
Register 4: Pietà (Lamentation of the Virgin over Christ's body). Entombment; Holy Women crying.
Wing, right
Register 1: angels holding a coat of arms (Aragon).
Register 2: saint Mary Magdalene anointing Christ's feet (?). Unidentified scene (Christ teaching?).
Register 3: Christ before Caiaphas (?). Christ before Pilate.
Register 4: Death of the Virgin (Dormition).
Base (left to right)
Annunciation with angel coming from the right; lilies. Visitation. Annunciation to Joachim of the birth of the Virgin. Nativity (Adoration of the Shepherds). Seated Virgin and Child; stem of flowers; cross. Adoration of the Magi. Presentation in the Temple (?). Flight into Egypt; angel. Christ among the Doctors.
Openwork Flamboyant tracery; foliated inhabited scrolls (vine; ivy, etc.); hybrids; dragons; animals. Inscriptions: 'Laudate Dominum de celis; laudate eum in excelsis. Laudate eum, omnes angeli eius; laudate eum, omnes virtutes eius'; 'Ego sum resurrectio et vita et qui credit in me etiam si mortuus fuerit vivet'. On base: 'Benedictus Dominus Deus Israel; quia visitavit et fecit redemptionem plebi suae et erexit cornu salutis nobis, in domo David pueri sui, sicut locutus est per os sanctorum'.

Gaborit-Chopin 2003: Spain, later 19th or early 20th century.
Museum's opinion 2013: Spain (?), 19th century.

Francisco Pallas y Puig, of Valencia (Gaborit-Chopin 2003)

Polychromy - Gilding
Extensive traces of gilding and polychromy (red).

Wood casing.

The arms are those of John (Juan) of Aragon (b. 1478, d. 1497), son of Ferdinand V and Isabella the Catholic.

Collection of baron Charles-Joseph de Gargan (d. 1920): sold in 1921; collection of Charlotte Schmitt: her donation to the museum, 9 September 1960.

On Francisco Pallas y Puig: A. Goldschmidt, 'Pseudo-Gothic Spanish Ivory Triptychs of the Nineteenth Century', in The Journal of the Walters Art Gallery (1943), pp. 49-59.
D. Gaborit-Chopin, Ivoires médiévaux, Ve-XVe siècle (Paris: Musée du Louvre, 2003), p. 584 (in relation to no. 293).


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