Seated Virgin and Child; Christ seated on the Virgin's left knee; Christ in long robe; cushion; bench decorated with arches and tracery.
Molinier 1890: beginning of the 14th century.
Koechlin 1924: France, end of 13th century or beginning of 14th century.
von Philippowich 1961: France, c. 1270.
Polychromy - Gilding
Faint traces of polychromy.
Carved in the round.
The bottom of the base is made of a different piece of ivory.
Hole is the top of the Virgin's head. Underside crosshatched and pierced with two holes.
Collection of Frédéric Spitzer, Paris: his sale, Chevallier and Mannheim, Paris, 17 April 1893, lot 90 (Brinckmann v. Bode); acquired at this sale.
La Collection Spitzer (Paris, 1890), I, no. 55 (E. Molinier).
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français (Paris, 1924), I, p. 103; II, no. 88.
E. von Philippowich, Elfenbein (Brunswick, 1961), p. 60, fig. 46.
Das Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, ed. by W. Hornbostel (Hamburg, 2004), I: Von den Anfängen bis 1945, pp. 154 ff., fig. 130 (D. Klemm).
S. Guérin, 'An ivory Virgin at the Metropolitan Museum, New York, in a Gothic sculptor's oeuvre', in The Burlington Magazine 1311, Vol. CLIV (June 2012), pp. 394-402 (pp. 401, 402, fig. 27).
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