L12230

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Lot 7
  • 7

German, 12th century

Estimate
7,000 - 10,000 GBP
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Description

  • Games piece with a lion with its tail terminating in a leaf
  • marine ivory, with a perspex stand

  • 4.9cm., 2in.
with three white labels to the reverse numbered: K 490 E, S 20 and 1107 in ink, one inscribed: JULIUS BÖHLER MÜNCHEN and stamped: TOLL ...

Provenance

Julius Campe, Hamburg;
with Julius Böhler, Munich;
Ernst Kofler and Marthe Truniger, Lucerne, before 1964

Exhibited

Zurich, Kunsthaus, Sammlung E. und M. Kofler-Truniger, Luzern, 1964, no. 683;
Aachen, Suermondt-Museum, Mittelalterliche Kunst der Sammlung Kofler-Truniger, Luzern, 1965, no. S20

Literature

A. Goldschmidt, Die Elfenbeinskulpturen aus der romanischen Zeit. XI.-XIII. Jahrhundert, Berlin, 1972, p. 50, no. 251, pl. LVII;
H. Schnitzler, F. Volbach and P. Bloch, Skulpturen. Elfenbein, Perlmutter, Stein, Holz. Europäisches Mittelalter. Sammlung E. und M. Kofler-Truniger, Lucerne/ Stuttgart, 1964, no. S20;
Sammlung E. und M. Kofler-Truniger, Luzern, exhib. cat. Kunsthaus Zurich, Zurich, 1964, p. 72, no. 693;
"Mittelalterliche Kunst der Sammlung Kofler-Truniger, Luzern", Aachener Kunstblätter, vol. 31, 1965, p. 15, no. S20, pl. 92

Catalogue Note

Gaming pieces such as the present two lots were almost certainly used for backgammon, or tables. The game was popular in Northern Europe in the 11th and 12th centuries and as such several thriving centres for the production of gaming pieces, or tablemen, were established. Their designs range from simple ring-and-dot patterns to animals to the Labours of Hercules. Only around 250 pieces with figurative designs survive.

Goldschmidt (op.cit.) related the present piece to two others in St Petersburg and London, presumably on the basis of the similar palmette ornament around the edge and their chip-carved fantastical animals. 

RELATED LITERATURE
A. Goldschmidt, Die Elfenbeinskulpturen aus der romanischen Zeit. XI.-XIII. Jahrhundert, Berlin, 1972, p. 49, nos. 248-249, pl. LVII; P. Williamson, Medieval ivory carvings. Early Christian to Romanesque, cat. Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2010, p. 415-429
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