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15
North Italian, circa 1340-1360
A LARGE AND RARE IVORY AND WOOD DIPTYCH
Estimate
70,00090,000
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15
North Italian, circa 1340-1360
A LARGE AND RARE IVORY AND WOOD DIPTYCH
Estimate
70,00090,000
JUMP TO LOT

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North Italian, circa 1340-1360
A LARGE AND RARE IVORY AND WOOD DIPTYCH
the wood panels applied with ivory, the right hand panel with the Crucifixion flanked by the the Virgin and St. John, two angels above one holding a crescent moon, the other a cloth (replaced), the left hand panel with the Virgin and Child flanked by St.Peter and St.Paul beneath trefoil arch carved with floral knops in the spandrels, the wood ground heightened with gilding, traces of original colour
Open: 20.5 by 27cm., 8 by 10½in.
Closed: 20.5 by 13.4cm., 8 by 5¼in.
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Provenance

George Ryaux Collection, Paris

Catalogue Note

The combination of wood and ivory in a medieval diptych is rare. The left hand panel of this diptych can be compared with one in the Vatican Museums, illustrated by Morey: centred beneath a trilobate arch, the seated Virgin and Child are placed on a wood plinth flanked by two acolytes against a gilt wood ground, stamped with stars. It belongs to a group of fourteenth century ivories in the French style which Morey attributes to an Italian and possibly Venetian workshop.

The present diptych with the angular treatment to the features, in particular those of Ss.Peter and Paul, the flattened robes with long regular folds of a classical nature and the emphasis on painted details such as those found on the diptych in the Walters Art Gallery, all point to an Italian school in the later Gothic period. The distinctive floral knops in the spandrels can be compared with those found on a pair of writing tablets attributed to a Tuscan school of the third quarter of the fourteenth century and illustrated by Randall (1993). The corpus is derived from a type introduced to Italy by Giovanni Pisano and adapted from an earlier French style where the crown is carved as an entwined rope, rather than thorns.

RELATED LITERATURE
Morey, A88, plate XXI; Randall (1985), no.385; Randall (1993), no. 211

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