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Mirror case (valve de miroir) (Back)

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Florence, Museo Nazionale del Bargello

Inv. 129 C

Ivory;steel (mirror)

Height: 112mm (diameter)

Tournament in the woods; attendants on horseback arming the contending knights; attendant perched on a horse placing a helm over the head of a knight; attendants holding lances; attendant holding a helm; two pairs of jousting knights in the centre; broken lance; knight falling off his horse; helms decorated with various crests (bird (swan?); bull's head; banner); shields.
Foliated corner terminals.

Koechlin Number: 1041

Koechlin 1924: France, 2nd half of the 14th century (?); doubts the authenticity of this piece.
Museum's opinion 2012: France, 14th century.


Steel mirror in place, possibly original.

Object Condition
The head of a knight on the left and two foliated corners of the left have broken off and beenglued back into place.

A lot of attention is given to the depiction of the crests and of costume (see laced tunic of one of the figures to the left.

Carrand collection: bequeathed by Louis Carrand (d. 1888) to the Museo del Bargello in 1888.

J. O. Westwood, Fictile Ivories in the South Kensington Museum (London, 1876), no. 860 ('58.204).
I. B. Supino, Catalogo del Regio Museo nazionale di Firenze (Rome, 1898), p. 239, no. 129.
E. Gerspach, 'La Collection Carrand au musée national de Florence', in Les Arts 32 (August 1904), p. 26.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, pp. 386, 410; II, no. 1041.
B. Chiesi, Catalogo degli avori gotici del Museo Nazionale del Bargello (unpublished PhD thesis - Università degli Studi di Firenze, 2011), pp. 410-416.


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