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French, probably Paris, 14th or 15th century
CASKET
with a label on the underside inscribed: Von livre / Mittelalter Kunsthistoris- / ches Museum / Wien / p.5 no 10 / R. Koechlin / Ivoire gothiq. / Fr. Paris 1924
ivory, with later metal mounts
4.2 by 14 by 7.3cm., 1 5/8  by 5 1/2  by 2 7/8 in.
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Provenance

Private collection, Switzerland

Catalogue Note

Carved ivory caskets such as this charming example are thought to have been employed in the context of courtship and marriage. Compare, in particular, the lid with a casket in the Victoria and Albert Museum (inv. no. 264-1867); note the similar croqueted arches above scenes of courtly romance.

RELATED LITERATURE
P. Williamson and G. Davies, Medieval Ivory Carvings, 1200-1500, Part II, cat. Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2014, pp. 666-669, no. 230

A Radiocarbon dating measurement report (ref. no. RCD-9081) prepared by J. Walker of RCD Lockinge, dated 30 May 2018, states that the ivory dates between AD 1456 and 1632 (95% confidence interval).

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