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Statuette (Front)

Statuette (Front)
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Houston, The Museum of Fine Arts, Edith A. and Percy S. Strauss Collection



Height: 248mm
Width: 130mm

Standing God the Father, formerly part of a Trinity.

Gaborit-Chopin 1978: French (Burgundy), c. 1420-1430.
Randall 1993: French (Dijon), 1380-1400.
Detroit 1997: French (Burgundy), late 14th or early 15th century.


Carved in the round.
A bolt has been inserted at the back of the head.

Object Condition
Missing: part of the figure's right hand; back of the head; part of the right foot.
Some folds broken.

'The standing representation of the Trinity, in contrast to the seated depiction, is a rare iconography localized to the Burgundian court.' (Detroit 1997, p. 251).

Henry Garnier collection, Lyon. Edith A. and Percy S. Strauss collection (bought from Joseph Brummer, New York, January 1935): given by them to the Museum in 1941.

Catalogue of the Edith A. and Percy S. Strauss Collection (Houston, 1945), no. 57.
P. Verdier, 'La Trinité debout de Champmol', in Etudes d'art français offertes à Charles Sterling (Paris, 1975), pp. 65-90.
D. Gaborit-Chopin, Ivoires du Moyen Age (Freiburg, 1978), no. and fig. 267.
A. Erlande-Brandenburg, L'Art gothique (Paris, 1983), no. 634.
R. H. Randall, Masterpieces of Ivory from the Walters Art Gallery (New York, 1985), pp. 184, 188.
I. Mosneron Dupin, 'La Trinité debout en ivoire de Houston et les Trinités bourguignonnes de Jean de Marville à Jean de la Huerta', in Wiener Jahrbuch für Kunstgeschichte 43 (1990), pp. 35-65, figs. 1-20.
K. Morand, Claus Sluter: Artist at the Court of Burgundy (Austin and London, 1991), pp. 327, 329, fig. 57.
R. H. Randall, The Golden Age of Ivory: Gothic Ivory Carvings in North American Collections (New York, 1993), no. 26.
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, no. 65.
Paris 1400. Les Arts sous Charles VI, exhibition catalogue, Paris, Musée du Louvre, 2004, p. 209.


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