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Dagger handle (manche de poignard) (Side)

Dagger handle (manche de poignard) (Side)
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Saint Petersburg, The State Hermitage Museum

Inv. F 1001

Walrus ivory;copper and steel (blade)

Height: 115mm
Width: 60 mm (handle)
Depth: 20 mm (handle)

Four busts: two veiled ladies; two youths wearing chaplets pierced with small holes.
Side 1: medallion enclosing a quatrefoil containing the face of a woman.
Side 2: medallion enclosing a quatrefoil containing the face of a man.

Koechlin Number: 1142

Darcel 1860: France, end of the 13th century.
Koechlin 1924 and Müller 1973: France, 1st half of the 14th century.
Leningrad 1973 [Kryzhanovskaya]: France, 14th century.
Morey 1974: Northern Germany, 13th century.
Kryzhanovskaya 2014: Britain or Spain, beginning of the 14th century.


Carved on both sides.

Object Condition
Heads and noses worn.

Very similar to Koechlin 1141, now at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (278-1867).

Bouvier collection, Amiens, before 1860. Collection of Alexander Petrovich Basilewski (b. 1829, d. 1899), Paris, from 1874; acquired by the Hermitage in 1885.

A. Darcel, 'L'Exposition d'Amiens', in Gazette des Beaux-Arts 7 (1860), pp. 97-109 (p. 101, fig. p. 97).
Exposition provinciale: notice des tableaux et objets d'art, d'antiquité et de curiosité, exhibition catalogue, Amiens, Hôtel de Ville, 1860.
Exposition de 1865. Union Centrale des Beaux-Arts appliqués à l'Industrie. Musée Rétrospectif, exhibition catalogue, Paris, 1865.
A. Darcel, 'Le Musée rétrospectif', in Gazette des Beaux-Arts (1865), II, p. 289.
A. Darcel, A. P. Basilewski, Collection Basilewski. Catalogue raisonné (Paris, 1874), no. 252.
Exposition universelle de 1878 à Paris: les Beaux-Arts et les arts décoratifs, exhibition catalogue, Paris, 1878.878.
A. Darcel, 'Le Moyen Âge et la Renaissance au Trocadéro', in Gazette des Beaux-Arts (1878), II, p. 207.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, p. 422; II, no. 1142.
L. I. Faenson, M. Y. Kryzhanovskaya, E. A. Lapkovskaya, Западноевропейская резная кость IX - XIX веков из собрания Эрмитажа: каталог выставки (Leningrad [Saint-Petersburg], 1973), no. 181.
C. R. Morey, 'Amtliche Berichte der Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen', in Münchner Jahrbuch 25 (1974), pp. 230-232 (in relation to Munich, Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Inv. 73/208).
Zapadno-evropeiskoe prikladnoe iskusstvo XII-XVIII vekov pod redaktsiei N. Y. Biriukovoi, exhibition catalogue, Leningrad [Saint Petersburg], 1974, The State Hermitage Museum, 1974, no. 181.
M. Kryzhanovskaya, L. Faenson, Westeuropäische Elfenarbeiten aus der Staatlichen Eremitage St. Petersburg 11.-14. Jahrhundert (Berlin 1974; Erbach 1975), no. 80.
T. Müller, 'Ein früher gotischer Prunkdolch', in Pantheon 33 (1975), pp. 203-207, figs. 3-4.
M. Kryzhanovskaya, Nekotorye aspekty sobiratel'stva i issledovaniia pamiatnikov prikladnogo iskusstva srednevekov'ia v XIX v., in Trudy Gosudarstvennogo Ermitazha (Leningrad [Saint Petersburg], 1977), Vol. 18, p. 10.
Images in Ivory. Precious Objects of the Gothic Age, ed. by Peter Barnet, exhibition catalogue, Detroit, The Detroit Institute of Arts, and Baltimore, The Walters Art Gallery, 1997, in relation to no. 52, p. 220 (P. Williamson).
L'art au temps des rois maudits: Philippe le Bel et ses fils (1285-1328), exhibition catalogue, Paris, Grand Palais, 1998, no. 103, pp. 167-168 (D. Gaborit-Chopin).
L'Ermitage di Basilewsky: il collezionista di meraviglie, ed. by E. Pagella, T. Rappe, exhibition catalogue, Turin, Palazzo Madama, 7 June – 13 October 2013, no. 38.
P. Williamson and G. Davies, Medieval Ivory Carvings 1200-1550 (London, 2014), in relation to no. 224.
M. Kryzhanovskaya, Western European Medieval Ivories. Catalogue of the Collection (Зaпaднoeврoпeйскaя рeзнaя кoстъ Срeдних вeкoв. Кataлoг кoллeкции), (St Peterburg, 2014), no. 146.


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