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Statuette (Side)

Statuette (Side)
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Repository Institution

Cleveland, The Cleveland Museum of Art



Height: 159mm

Seated Virgin and Child; Christ seated on the Virgin's left knee; Christ in long robe; brooch; belt.

Koechlin Number: 0084

Molinier 1890: France, 14th century.
Koechlin 1924: France, end of 13th century or early 14th century.
Museum's opinion 2010: Mosan, mid 13th century.


Polychromy - Gilding
Traces of polychromy: bright red, green, blue in the lowest depths of the folds.

Carved in the round.

Object Condition
Missing: crown, right forearm of the Virgin, part of Christ's left arm.
Small losses can be seen along the draperies of the Madonna's forehead and at the bottom edge in the area of the left back of the base.

The Virgin had a gilt copper crown and base at least from 1890 to 1924 (see engraving in 1890 publication).

Fitzhenry collection, London (no. 27). Collection of Frédéric Spitzer, Paris: his sale, Chevallier and Mannheim, Paris, 17 April 1893, lot 85. Mrs Edward B. Greene (bought from Demotte, Inc., New York): gift of Mrs Edward B. Greene in 1928.

La Collection Spitzer (Paris, 1890), I, no. 50 (E. Molinier).
E. Molinier, Histoire générale des Arts appliqués à l'Industrie. I: Les Ivoires (Paris, 1896), p. 189.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, p. 103; II, no. 84.
W. M. Milliken, 'An Ivory Virgin and Child', in The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art (March 1929), pp. 41-43.
The Handbook of the Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland, 1978), p. 58.


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