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Antwerp, Museum Mayer van den Bergh



Height: 223mm

Seated Virgin and Child (Virgo lactans); Christ in long robe; Christ standing in the Virgin's lap; Virgin holding Christ with both hands; bench decorated with roses.

Koechlin Number: 0635

Koechlin 1924: France, beginning of 2nd third of 14th century.
Schnitzler, Volbach, Bloch 1964: France, mid 14th century.
De Coo 1969: France, c. 1335-1340.
Museum's opinion 2011: France (Paris), c. 1335-1340.


Carved in the round. The back of the bench is decorated with a band of roses. Label with printed inscription: '181'.

Object Condition
Missing: Virgin's right breast (replaced); crown (two attachment holes for metal crown).

Carlo Micheli collection (d. 1895?), Paris: sold with the rest of his collection in 1898 by his daughter, Marie Micheli, to Fritz Mayer van den Bergh (b. 1858, d. 1901), Antwerp; upon his death, his mother Henriëtte had a purpose-built museum erected (1901-1904) to house his collection.

R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, pp. 238-239; II, no. 635; III, pl. CVI.
J. De Coo, Catalogue du Musée Mayer van den Bergh (Antwerp, 1933), no. 392.
M. Vloberg, La Vierge et l'Enfant dans l'art français (Grenoble, 1934), I, pp. 72-73.
La Vierge dans l'art français, exhibition catalogue, Paris, Petit-Palais, 1950, no. 245.
De Madonna in de Kunst, exhibition catalogue, Antwerp, Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, 1954, no. 581.
'Les ivoires religieux du 14e siècle français', in Connaissance des Arts 34 (1954), p. 82.
De Madonna in de kunst, exhibition catalogue, Utrecht, 1954-1955, no. 121.
H. Schnitzler, F. Volbach, P. Bloch, Skulpturen, Elfenbein, Perlmutter, Stein, Holz Europäisches Mittelalter, Sammlung E. und M. Kofler-Truniger, 2 vols (Lucerne, 1964), p. 30 (in relation to no. S.101).
J. De Coo, 'L'ancienne collection Micheli au Musée Mayer van den Bergh', in Gazette des Beaux Arts (Dec. 1965), no. 181.
H. Schnitzler, F. Volbach, P. Bloch and C. Ratton, 'Mittelalterliche Kunst der Sammlung Kofler- Truniger', in Aachener Kunstblatter 31 (1965), no. 101.
Tardy, Les Ivoires (Paris, 1966), p. 64.
J. De Coo, Museum Mayer van den Bergh, Catalogus 2. Beeldhouwkunst, plaketten, antiek (Antwerp, 1969), p. 114-115, no. 2106.
J. De Coo, Fritz Mayer van den Bergh: de verzamelaar, de verzameling (Antwerp, 1979), pp. 146-147.
C. Ferment, Les Statuettes d'ivoire en Europe du Moyen Âge au XIXe siècle (Paris, 2000), p. 167, fig. X.4.
KIK/IRPA database: http://www.kikirpa.be/www2/wwwopac/en/object.html [accessed October 2009].


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