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Gabled polyptych (tabernacle) (Front)

Gabled polyptych (tabernacle) (Front)
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Religious. Infancy of Christ.

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Rheims, Musée Historique Saint Rémi

Inv. 978.28395

Ivory;metal (hinges)

Height: 200mm
Width: 158mm

Wings, left
Register 1: angels in prayer.
Register 2: Visitation; Annunciation (with the angel in the gable).
Register 3: Adoring Magi (part of the Adoration of the Magi).
Centre panel
Standing Virgin and Child; Virgin holding a flower in her right hand; Christ holding a fruit in his left hand.
Wings, right
Register 1: angels in prayer.
Register 2: Nativity with the Virgin holding the swaddled child.
Register 3: Presentation in the Temple; Joseph holding a candle and a basket of doves brought as offerings.

Koechlin Number: 0140

Koechlin 1924: France, end of the 1st third of the 14th century.
Museum's 2012: School of Rheims, 1st quarter of the 14th century.


Two sets of two ring hinges on either side.

Object Condition
Missing: part of the background of the centre panel, to the left; pinnacles; colonnettes supporting the canopy above the Virgin and Child.

Strangely, the Visitation precedes here the Annunciation.

Acquired by the museum before 1854.

Exposition Universelle de 1900, Catalogue illustré Officiel de l'Exposition Rétrospective de l'Art Français (Paris, 1900), no. 104.
J. J. Guiffrey, 'Les arts à l'Exposition universelle de 1900. Les tapisseries à l'Exposition rétrospective et à l'Exposition contemporaine', in Gazette des Beaux-Arts (August 1900), pp. 89-103; (September 1900), pp. 222-236.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, pp. 125, 126, 127, 129; II, no. 140; III, pl. XXXVII.


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