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Nantes, Musée Thomas Dobrée

Inv. 2009.6.1


Height: 136mm
Width: 49mm
Depth: 19mm
Weight: 85.7mm

Standing Virgin and Child; Christ seated on left arm; bare-chested Christ; Virgin holding a stem of flowers in her right hand; Christ holding a book in his right hand; Christ holding a fruit in his left hand; crown.

Santrot and Gaborit-Chopin 2011: Paris, c. 1340-1360.
Museum's opinion 2013: France (Paris), 14th century.


Polychromy - Gilding
Traces of polychromy: red (flower), green (flower), yellow and light brown (hair), red (Child's robe). There are traces of white and yellow on the draperies, but they may be the traces of an abrasive used for polishing, or of some substance used for cleaning. Very small traces of gilding.

Flat with some scoring. Ink inscription: 'R- 32002, 1946'.

Object Condition
Vertical cracks. Chipped around the base at the front.
Missing: the Virgin's left foot, and part of her mantle; part of the back of the base; the angel's left hand; the third flower of the crown.
There are traces of scoring and of velvet fibers and dark brown glue on the base. Two holes in the base. As the ivory is naturally curved, the space between the Virgin's back and the frame has been filled with a small piece of cardboard.

Collection of Robert Seligman and Béatrice Seligman (née Fabry): promised to the museum on 22 November 1982; given by their son Thomas Seligman to the museum, 2 December 2009.

J. Santrot and D. Gaborit-Chopin, 'Le Don Seligman au musée Dobrée: un ivoire parisien du XIVe siècle', in La Revue des musées de France. Revue du Louvre (January 2011), pp. 43-55.


© Cliché Chantal Hémon, Musée Dobrée, Conseil général de Loire-Atlantique, Nantes.

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