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Casket with Romance Scenes

Date:
ca. 1320–40
Geography:
Made in Paris, France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Ivory with gilded Silver mounts
Dimensions:
Overall: 4 3/4 x 9 1/2 x 5 7/8 in. (12.1 x 24.1 x 14.9 cm)
Classification:
Ivories
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.180
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 306
This casket is one of six depicting La Châtelaine de Vergi, a story of love and death reportedly based on a scandal at the Burgundian court. It concerns the secret affair of a knight and a lady (la châtelaine) that is ended by the jealous duchess of Burgundy.
Inscription: Inscribed on lock: RECIPE ET RETINE (Take and keep).
Rev. Dr. Henry Wellesley(d. 1866), Oxford; T. M. (?) Whitehead, London; Rev. Walter Sneyd ; J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York
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Catalogue of the memorable cabinet of drawings by the old masters, and collection of engravings, formed with profound taste and judgment by the late Rev. Dr. Wellesley. London: Sotheby's, Wilkinson & Hodge, June 25–July 10, 1866. no. 2448, p. 161.

Catalogue of the Second Portion of the Celebrated Collection Formed by Henry G. Bohn, Esq.. London: Christie, Manson & Woods, June 16, 1875. no. 46, p. 9.

Catalogue of a Portion of the Keele Hall Heirlooms from Keele Hall, Staffordshire. London: Christie, Manson & Woods, July 7, 1902. no. 58, p. 10.

Dalton, O. M. Catalogue of the Ivory Carvings of the Christian Era with Examples of Mohammedan Art and Carvings in Bone in the Department of British and Mediaeval Antiquities and Ethnography of the British Museum. London: British Museum, 1909. p. 124.

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Koechlin, Raymond. Les Ivoires Gothiques Français: Volume I, Text. Paris: Editions Auguste Picard, 1924. no. 1309, pp. 509, 512.

Koechlin, Raymond. Les Ivoires Gothiques Français: Volume II, Catalogue. Paris: Editions Auguste Picard, 1924. no. 1309, p. 463.

Breck, Joseph, and Meyric R. Rogers. The Pierpont Morgan Wing: A Handbook. 1st ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1925. pp. 90, 111-12, fig. 62.

Bombe, Walter. "La 'Châtelaine de Vergy' en Italie." Gazette des Beaux-Arts, 5th ser., 15, no. 3 (March 1927). p. 186.

Breck, Joseph, and Meyric R. Rogers. The Pierpont Morgan Wing: A Handbook. 2nd ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1929. pp. 90, 111-12, fig. 62.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Guide to the Collections: Medieval Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1962. fig. 34.

Locey, Michael. "La Chastelaine de Vergi." The Register of the Spencer Museum of Art 4, no. 2 (1970). pp. 17–19, fig. L–P.

Gross, Laila. "'La Chastelaine de Vergi' Carved in Ivory." Viator 10 (1979). pp. 311, 312 n. 7, 313.

Randall Jr., Richard H. The Golden Age of Ivory: Gothic Carvings in North American Collections. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1993. p. 122.

Bruckner, Matilda Tomaryn. "Reconstructing Arthurian History: Lancelot and the Vulgate Cycle." In Memory and the Middle Ages, edited by Nancy Netzer, and Virginia Reinburg. Chestnut Hill, Mass.: Boston College Museum of Art, 1995. no. 54, pp. 60-61, 65.

Netzer, Nancy, and Virginia Reinburg, ed. Memory and the Middle Ages. Chestnut Hill, Mass.: Boston College Museum of Art, 1995. no. 54, p. 104.

Carns, Paula Mae. "Compilatio in Ivory: The Composite Casket in the Metropolitan Museum." Gesta 45, no. 2 (2005). pp. 80-81, fig. 8.

Carns, Paula Mae. "Cutting a Fine Figure: Costume on French Gothic Ivories." Medieval Clothing and Textiles 5 (2009). pp. 58 n. 9, 77–80, 80 n. 82, 90, fig. 4.9.

Carns, Paula Mae. "Remembering 'Floire et Blancheflor': Gothic Secular Ivories and the Arts of Memory." Studies in Iconography 32 (2011). pp. 139, 144, 153 n. 54, fig. 9.



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