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Writing tablet, 2 registers, 2 scenes across, bands of rosettes, colonnettes (décor de roses; tablette à écrire) (Front)

Writing tablet, 2 registers, 2 scenes across, bands of rosettes, colonnettes (décor de roses; tablette à écrire) (Front)
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Secular. Courtly love.

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Amiens, Musée de Picardie

Inv. M.P.3063.544


Height: 122 mm
Width: 68mm
Depth: 7 mm

Register 1: Meeting of lovers (courting couples); lady crowning her kneeling lover with a chaplet. Courting couple; youth with a hawk on his wrist; youth feeding a hawk; lady with a hawk on her wrist; lady feeding a hawk.
Register 2: couple playing chess in a tent; man with his left hand around the pole supporting the tent. Youth chucking his lover under the chin; lady holding a dog.

Koechlin Number: 1217

Migeon 1906: France, 14th century.
Koechlin 1924: French, early 14th century.
Museum's opinion 2014: Northern France, late 13th or early 14th century.


Recessed to receive the wax, with a raised border.

Object Condition
Missing: part of the upper border (broke as a result of a drilled hole).
Diagonal cracks in the upper left and lower left corners. Lower left corner stained.

The companion piece to this writing tablet was in a private collection in London in 2010 (see related object).

Collection Albert Maignan (b. 1845, d. 1908); bequeathed by Maignan to the museum in 1908, but entered the collections in 1927.

G. Migeon, 'La Collection Albert Maignan ', in Les Arts 59 (Nov. 1906), pp. 3-16 (p. 9).
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, p. 437; II, no. 1217.


© Collection du Musée de Picardie, Amiens (photo Jean Louis Boutillier / Musée de Picardie).

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