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Diptych, 1 register, 1 ogee arch across (plaquettes) (Front)

Diptych, 1 register, 1 ogee arch across (plaquettes) (Front)
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Religious. Life of Christ.

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Oxford, Ashmolean Museum

Inv. AN2008.21


Height: 143 mm
Width: 75 mm (each)
Depth: 6 mm

Wing, left
Crucifixion with the Virgin and saint John the Evangelist; sun and moon; rugged cross.
Wing, right
Annunciation; vase of lilies; dove of the Holy Spirit flying on rays of light issuing from the mouth of God the Father; God the Father with papal tiara making a blessing gesture; orb; scroll.
Crosshatched background; blind arches in the spandrels; tracery; beaded halos.

Koechlin Number: 0888

Koechlin 1924: French, late 15th century.
Randall 1994: Dutch (Utrecht), 1440-1470.
Warren 2014: Northern Netherlands, mid 15th century.


Traces of two missing hinges.

Polychromy - Gilding
Traces of polychromy: green (ground).

Flat and smooth.
Inscription: 'M 209'.

Object Condition
Crack in the upper part of the Crucifixion panel.
Left leaf warped quite severely. Small irregular repair in right edge at centre.

Collection of Adalbert, Freiherr von Lanna (b. 1836, d. 1909), Prague: his sale, part 1, Lepke, Berlin, 9-16 November 1909, lot 211, pl. XX. Durlacher, London. Collection of W. M. de Zoete: his sale, Sotheby's, 1 April 1935, lot 98; collection of John Francis Mallett; his bequest to the Museum in 1947; Department of Western Art (WA 1947.191.209); transferred to the Department of Antiquities in May 2008.

R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, pp. 330, 333; II, no. 888; III, pl. CLX.
L. Grodecki, Ivoires français (Paris, 1947), p. 126.
R. Koch, 'An Ivory Diptych from the Waning Middle Ages', in Record of the Art Museum, Princeton University, XVII, no. 2 (1958), pp. 60-63.
R. H. Randall, 'Dutch Ivories of the Fifteenth Century', in Beelden in de late Middeleeuwen en Renaissance, ed. by R. Falkenburg et al., Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek (Zwolle, 1994), pp. 134-5, fig. 8.
D. Gaborit-Chopin, Musee du Louvre, Department des Objets d’Art. Ivoires médiévaux, Ve-XVe siècle (Paris: Musée du Louvre, 2003), p. 507.
Paris 1400. Les Arts sous Charles VI, exhibition catalogue, Paris, Musée du Louvre, 2004, p. 213.
P. Williamson and G. Davies, Medieval Ivory Carvings 1200-1550 (London, 2014), in relation to no. 173.
J. Warren, Medieval and Renaissance Sculpture in the Ashmolean Museum, 3 vols (Oxford, 2014), Vol. 2: Sculptures in Stone, Clay, Ivory, Bone and Wood, no. 181.


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