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Diptych, 3 registers, bands of rosettes (décor de roses) (Front)

Diptych, 3 registers, bands of rosettes (décor de roses) (Front)
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Religious. Infancy of Christ. Life of Christ. Life of the Virgin.

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Lille, Palais des Beaux-Arts

A 102

Ivory;silver (hinges)

Height: 242mm
Width: 134mm (each); 263mm (open)
Depth: 10mm

Wing, left
Register 1: Resurrection; two angels standing on the tomb with hands in prayer. Ascension; apostles asleep.
Register 2: Christ among the Doctors; Virgin leading Christ away. Marriage-feast at Cana.
Register 3: Annunciation; dove of the Holy Spirit; vase of lilies. Visitation; the Dream of Joseph.
Wing, right
Register 1: Pentecost. Coronation of the Virgin; two standing angels holding candlesticks.
Register 2: Last Supper. Crucifixion with the Virgin and saint John the Evangelist.
Register 3: Adoration of the Magi with swaddled Christ Child in manger; Virgin lying on a bed; Joseph. Presentation in the Temple; Christ held over the altar by the Virgin and Simeon.

Koechlin Number: 0250

Ozenfant 1887: France, 14th century.
Koechlin 1924: France, end of the 1st third of the 14th century.
Natanson 1951: French, c. 1320-1330.
Lille 1957: French (Paris), 14th century.
Martini and Rizzardi 1990: France (Paris), 2nd quarter of the 14th century.
Detroit 1997: French (Paris), c. 1320-1330.


Two hinges.

Polychromy - Gilding
Extensive traces of polychromy and gilding: haloes, hair, hems, roses (gold), red.

Flat and smooth. Ink inscription: '1535'. De Vicq label (251). 1912 inventory label.

Object Condition
Missing: candles held by the angels in the Coronation scene.

Label pasted on the front with printed no. '3' (?).

Collection of Prince Petr Soltykoff, Paris: sold, Drouot, Paris, 8 April 1861, lot 240. De Wismes collection, St-Omer: sold 25 March 1875 to Hourez, antiquaire in Lille. Collection of Jules de Vicq, Lille (no. 251): his bequest to the Museum in 1881.

A. Ozenfant, Catalogue de la Collection d'objets d'art et de curiosité composant le Musée Jules de Vicq (Lille, 1887), no. 38.
E. Molinier, 'Diptyque du XIVe siècle au Musée de Lille', in Album archéologique des musées de province, dir. by R. de Lasteyrie (Paris, 1890), p. 35.
R. Koechlin, 'Les Diptyques à décor de roses', in Gazette des Beaux-Arts (1918), p. 233.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, p. 152; II, no. 250; III, pl. LXIV.
J. Natanson, Gothic Ivories of the 13th and 14th Centuries (London, 1951), p. 36, fig. 39.
Les Fastes du Gothique: le siècle de Charles V, ed. by F. Baron, exhibition catalogue, Paris, Grand Palais, 1981, no. 145.
Avori bizantini e medievali nel museo nazionale di Ravenna, ed. by L. Martini and C. Rizzardi (Ravenna, 1990), p. 50, fig. 24.
Images in Ivory. Precious Objects of the Gothic Age, ed. by Peter Barnet, exhibition catalogue, Detroit, The Detroit Institute of Arts, and Baltimore, The Walters Art Gallery, 1997, pp. 158, 162, figs. 24a and 26b.
J. Lowden, Medieval and Later Ivories in the Courtauld Gallery (London, 2013), p. 45, fig. 26, in relation to no. 2.
P. Williamson and G. Davies, Medieval Ivory Carvings 1200-1550 (London, 2014), pp. 224-225, in relation to no. 69.


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