Large ivory diptych deeply carved on two... - Lot 14 - Pierre Bergé & Associés

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Large ivory diptych deeply carved on two... - Lot 14 - Pierre Bergé & Associés
Large ivory diptych deeply carved on two registers representing under a series of four arcatures with hooks and fleurons: left leaf, the Dormition of the Virgin and the Adoration of the Magi; right leaf, the Coronation of the Virgin and the Crucifixion. Very good quality of execution.
Paris, second quarter of the 14th century
Height: 18.6 cm - Width of leaf: 10.8 cm - Thickness of leaf: 1.1 cm
- Gross weight: 456 g (small restorations and very slight accidents, traces of clasp at the top)
Provenance:
- Jack and Belle Linsky Collection, New York
- Sotheby's New York sale, Property from the Jack and Belle Linsky Collection, 21 May 1985, lot 76
- Former private collection, Utrecht
Bibliography:
- Amsterdam - Utrecht Exhibition 1987, Gotische Ivoren, Rijksmuseum - Het
Catharijneconvent, H. L. M. Defoe, cat. 5, ill.
- K. G. Beuckers, Mittelelterliche Elfenbainarbeiten aus der Sammlung des Badischen
Landesmuseums Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, 1999, p 56, ill.38.
Works consulted: R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires gothiques français, ¨Paris, 1968; Exposition
Paris 1981/1982, Les Fastes du Gothique - Le siècle de Charles V, Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, cat.147P. Williamson, The Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection - Medieval sculpture and works of art, London, 1987, cat.24; D. Gaborit-Chopin, Ivoires médiévaux
V - XV e siècle, Musée du Louvre, Paris, 2003.
This beautiful diptych is to be placed among the large two-register diptychs of the second third of the 14th century. Among these, the one preserved in the Karlsruhe Museum (inv. no. C6463) or another belonging to the Thyssen-Bornemisza collection (inv. K9ID, fig.) unfold a similar iconographic programme. It can be linked to the art of the Parisian workshops at their peak around the so-called Krakow box workshop. The depth of the reliefs, which give a strong presence to the figures through the play of light, the abundance of drapery, among which there are still many "beak" folds, the clarity of the composition despite the richness of the subjects, the finesse of the facial features as well as the elegance of the attitudes, not yet marked by the curvatures of the bodies of the second half of the century, are all noteworthy.
All these qualities make it an accomplished example of the production of Parisian ivory makers in the 1340s.
It also belonged to the prestigious
Linsky collection, several works of which were donated to the Metropolitan Museum in New York.
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