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Box with pitched lid (boîte) (End, right)

Box with pitched lid (boîte) (End, right)
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End, right

Body, back

Detail, bottom

End, right

End, left

Body and lid, front

Body, front

Lid, front

End, left


Religious. Infancy of Christ. Passion.

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Chicago, Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA)

Inv. 1984-03

Bone;wood (core and intarsia);silver (hinges;lock;handle)

Height: 324mm
Depth: 197mm

Lid, top
Annunciation; vase of lilies; dove of the Holy Spirit. Visitation. Nativity. Adoration of the Magi.
Lid, front
Flight into Egypt. Presentation in the Temple; maid holding a basket of doves brought as offerings; Christ standing on the altar between the Virgin and Simeon. Baptism of Christ by saint John the Baptist; angel holding Christ's tunic. Temptation of Christ; devil. Entry into Jerusalem; foal of the she-ass.
Body, front
Christ before Caiaphas. Executioner; Flagellation. Crowning with thorns.Lid, right Prophet holding a scroll. Foliated decoration.
End, right
Christ before Pilate; Pilate washing his hands. Carrying of the Cross.
Lid, back
People of Jerusalem throwing their cloaks before Christ (part of the Entry into Jerusalem on the front of the lid). Last Supper with saint John the Evangelist leaning on Christ's breast; round table. Christ washing the feet of the apostles. Agony in the Garden (Christ at Gethsemane); apostles asleep. Betrayal (Taking of Christ; Kiss of Judas); Christ restores Malchus' ear, cut by saint Peter.
Body, back
Crucifixion. Deposition. Entombment with the Virgin and saint John the Evangelist. Resurrection; soldiers asleep. Harrowing of Hell with Adam and Eve coming out of the Mouth of Hell; demons.
Lid, left
Prophet holding a scroll. Foliated decoration.
End, left
Noli me Tangere (Christ appearing to saint Mary Magdalene). Christ appearing to saint Peter in his cave. Doubting Thomas (the incredulity of saint Thomas).
Crosshatched background. Foliated border.
Bottom: chequered pattern. Intarsia.

Randall 1993: Flemish, 1430-1460.


Polychromy - Gilding
Extensive traces of polychromy (green for the trees and grass; black for the Mouth of Hell and Peter's cave) and gilding (hair, haloes, beards, etc.).

Carved on all sides.

Object Condition
Missing: part of the base moulding at the back (replaced with wood); two intarsia squares and five of bone, 40 squares and triangles of bone and wood on the bottom.

Said to have been brought to the Convent of Carmel in Chartres at the request of the daughter of the marquis of Denonville, governor of Philip V of Spain, in 1701, and to have contained relics of saint Theresa. Collection of Thomas F. Flannery: sold, Flannery sale, Sotheby's, London, 1 December 1983, lot 62. Bought in 1984 by the Museum.

R. H. Randall, The Golden Age of Ivory: Gothic Ivory Carvings in North American Collections (New York, 1993), no. 163.
J. Lowden, Medieval and Later Ivories in the Courtauld Gallery (London, 2013), p. 112, in relation to no. 20.
P. Williamson and G. Davies, Medieval Ivory Carvings 1200-1550 (London, 2014), in relation to no. 174.


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