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Gabled centre panel (fragment of a triptych), 1 register, 1 arch across (Front)

Gabled centre panel (fragment of a triptych), 1 register, 1 arch across (Front)
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Brussels, Musées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire - Koninklijke Musea voor Kunst und Geschiedenis (Musée du Cinquantenaire)

Inv. 846


Height: 110mm
Width: 50mm

Ascension; apostles including saint Peter with a key and saint John the Evangelist; clouds.
Rosette in the gable.

Koechlin Number: 0509

Destrée 1902: France, 13th century.
Koechlin 1924 and Brussels 1964: France, mid 14th century.

Atelier of the Diptych of the Judging Christ (Atelier du diptyque Du Christ Juge)

Traces of two hinges on the left side (back) and two hinges on the right side (at the front). The traces of the right hand side hinges have vanished as a strip of ivory has been used to repair this side.

Flat and smooth.

Object Condition
Missing: most of the right border (repaired with a strip of ivory), parts of the left border where two hinges were (visible only from the back).
Crack above the left hand side group of apostles.
Two plugged holes at the top of the gable for suspension.

This panel seems to be part of the same group as one at the Victoria and Albert Museum (242-1867), one at the Musée du Louvre in Paris (OA 2761), and one at the Montpellier Musée archéologique (SAM 857.17.1). See related objects. Davies argues for them coming from two different polyptychs (see Williamson and Davies 2014).

Acquired in 1859 from M. Weidenhaupt, priest at Weisme (near Malmédy).

J. Destrée, Catalogue des ivoires, des objets en nacre en os gravé et en cire peinte (Brussels, 1902), no. 16 (1183).
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, p. 215; II, no. 509.
A. Jansen, Christelijke Kunst tot het einde der Middeleeuwen - Art chrétien jusqu'à la fin du Moyen Age, exhibition catalogue, Brussels, Koninklijke Musea voor Kunst en Geschiedenis-Musées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire, 1964, no. 286, pl. CXXVII, fig. 269.
P. Williamson and G. Davies, Medieval Ivory Carvings 1200-1550 (London, 2014), p. 234, in relation to no. 76, fig. 3 on p. 243.


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