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Roundel with Playing at Quintain

Date:
ca. 1500
Geography:
Made in possibly Paris, France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Colorless glass, vitreous paint and silver stain
Dimensions:
Overall: 8 3/8 in. (21.3 cm)
Classification:
Glass-Stained
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1980
Accession Number:
1980.223.6
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 10
Quintain originally was a tilting exercise in which a dummy or other target was employed by knights in training for the joust. Balance quintain was a popular variation. As seen here, a seated man held up one leg, placing his foot against the foot of a standing man; one person then tried to upend the other. By the fifteenth century, balance quintain was often played as a courting game with men and women.
[ L.P. Bresset et Fils, Paris (sold 1980)]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "One Hundred Eleventh Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1980, through June 30, 1981." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 111 (1981). p. 42.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Notable Acquisitions, 1980-1981 (Metropolitan Museum of Art) (1981). pp. 29–30.

Hayward, Jane. Glass in the Collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1982). p. 15, fig. 10.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide, edited by Kathleen Howard. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1983. no. 37, p. 376.

Snyder, James. The Renaissance in the North. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Vol. 5. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987. no. 17, p. 41.

Husband, Timothy B., and Madeline H. Caviness, ed. Stained Glass Before 1700 in American Collections: Silver-Stained Roundels and Unipartite Panels (Corpus Vitrearum Checklist IV). Studies in the History of Art, Vol. 39. Washington, D.C.: National Art Gallery, 1991. p. 129.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide, edited by Kathleen Howard. 2nd ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1994. no. 37, p. 410.

Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 243, p. 202.

Lagabrielle, Sophie, ed. Vitraux: Musée national du Moyen âge-Thermes et Hôtel de Cluny. Paris: Réunion des Musées Nationaux, 2006. pp. 105-106, fig. 67.

Lyon, Christopher. Couples in Art: Artworks from The Metropolitan Museum of Art selected by Colin Eisler in collaboration with Caroline Kelly. Munich, London, New York: Prestel, 2011. p. 140.

Williamson, Paul, and Glyn Davies. Medieval Ivory Carvings, 1200–1550. Vol. 2. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 2014. p. 713.



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