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Tabernacle or Folding Shrine

Date:
14th century
Culture:
French
Medium:
Ivory with metal mounts
Dimensions:
Overall: 9 9/16 x 8 1/2 x 1 3/4 in. (24.3 x 21.6 x 4.4 cm)
Classification:
Ivories
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.201
  • Description

    The 13th and 14th centuries say an increased demand for small, portable devotional shrines or tabernacles made of ivory or metal. The courtly, elegant, yet tender Virgin standing in the center of this shrine is typical of the refined Gothic style of the early 14th century. The wings are carved in a rougher style. On the left are the Annunciation to Mary, the Visitation of Mary with Elizabeth, and the Three Magi. On the right are the Nativity and the Presentation in the Temple.

  • Provenance

    Joseph Fau(only the wings; until 1884); his sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris (March 3-8, 1884, no. 161; only the wings); Charles Mège, Paris; [ Jacques Seligmann, Paris (sold May 1910)]; J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (1910–1913); Estate of J. Pierpont Morgan(1913–1917)

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