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Comb (peigne double) (Side 2)

Comb (peigne double) (Side 2)
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Oxford, Ashmolean Museum

Inv. WA1947.191.224


Height: 116 mm
Width: 145 mm
Depth: 8 mm

Side 1: Judgement of Solomon; soldiers about to cut the child in two; mother crying; seated king with crown and sceptre.
Side 2: battle scene; soldiers in armour fighting; swords.

Warren 2014: North Italian, early 15th century.


Polychromy - Gilding
Traces of polychromy and gilding: hair, background.

Carved on both sides.

Object Condition
Loss of tip of one of the small teeth.

Possibly collection of George Dance the Younger (b. 1741, d. 1825). Collection of Sir Samuel Rush Meyrick (b. 1783, d. 1848), by descent to Lieutenant-General Augustus W. H. Meyrick (b. 1826, d. 1902); sold by General Meyrick between 1871 and 1878. Collection of John Dunn-Gardner (d. 1903): his sale, Christie's, london, 30 April 1902, lot 153; sold £195 to Wellby; collection of Montagu Samuel, 1st Baron Swaythling (b. 1832, d. 1911), Townhill Park, Southampton: Swaythling sale, Christie’s, London, 11 July 1946, lot 146; collection of J. Francis Mallett (bought for £252); his bequest to the Museum in 1947.

S. R. Meyrick, Engraved Illustrations of Antient Arms and Armour, from the Collection of Llewellyn Merrick Esq. LL. B and F. S. A. at Goodrich Court, 2 vols (London, 1830), pl. 14, no. 5.
S. R. Meyrick, 'The Doucean Museum', in Gentlemen's Magazine (June 1836), no. 21, p. 384
A. Granier de Cassagnac, 'Histoire des Armes de Guerre. II', in Le Cabinet de l'Amateur, I (1842), pp. 289-305 (pp. 289 and 305).
S. R. Meyrick, Catalogue of the Armour and Miscellaneous Objects of Art, known as the Meyrick Collection, lent by Colonel Meyrick, of Goodrich Court, Herefordshire, and exhibited at the South Kensington Museum (London, 1869), no. 1372, p.104.
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. 152.


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