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Leaf from a Diptych

Date:
15th century (?)
Culture:
British or French (?)
Medium:
Ivory
Dimensions:
Overall: 7 1/16 x 4 5/8 x 3/8 in. (18 x 11.8 x 0.9 cm)
Classification:
Ivories
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.265
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 306
This dense carving depicts scenes associated with the Redemption of Man. The left section of the diptych contains images from the Life of Christ, including Christ’s Betrayal, Crucifixion, and Resurrection. In the upper register is shown, from left to right, God the Father receiving his son, Christ between Justice and Mercy, and Saint Michael weighing souls. On the right are images of the Virgin’s role in man’s redemption, including the Annunciation and Nativity, as well as her Death, Assumption, and Coronation by Christ.
Frédéric Spitzer (d. 1890), Paris (until 1893); [ Bourgeois Frères, Cologne (sold to Oppenheim)]; Baron Albert Oppenheim, Cologne(by 1904–sold 1906); J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (1906–1913); Estate of J. Pierpont Morgan(1913–1917)
La Collection Spitzer: Antiquité, Moyen-Age, Renaissance. Vol. I. Mâcon: Imprimerie Protat Frères, 1890–1891. no. Ivoire 113, p. 64.

Spitzer, Frédéric, ed. La Collection Spitzer: Antiquité -- Moyen-Age -- Renaissance. Vol. 1. Paris: Maison Quantin, 1890–1893. no. Ivoire 113, p. 62.

Catalogue des objets d'art et de haute curiosité: antiques, du moyen-âge & de la renaissance: composant l'importante et précieuse Collection Spitzer. Vol. 1. Paris: Chevallier and Mannheim, April 17–June 16, 1893. no. 148, p. 28, pl. III.

Kunsthistorische Ausstellung, Düsseldorf 1902: Illustrirter Katalog. Düsseldorf: August-Bagel-Verlag, 1902. no. 1213, 1214, p. 107.

Molinier, Émile. Collection du Baron Albert Oppenheim: Tableaux et objects d'art, catalogue précédé d'une introduction. Paris: Librairie Centrale des Beaux-Arts, 1904. no. 80, p. 35, pl. LVII.

Koechlin, Raymond. Les Ivoires Gothiques Français: Volume I, Text. Paris: Editions Auguste Picard, 1924. no. 875, pp. 324,484.

Koechlin, Raymond. Les Ivoires Gothiques Français: Volume III, Plates. Paris: Editions Auguste Picard, 1924. no. 875, pl. CLVII.

Koechlin, Raymond. Les Ivoires Gothiques Français: Volume II, Catalogue. Paris: Editions Auguste Picard, 1924. no. 875, pp. 327–29.

Breck, Joseph, and Meyric R. Rogers. The Pierpont Morgan Wing: A Handbook. 1st ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1925. pp. 117-18, fig. 67, ill. p. 119.

Breck, Joseph, and Meyric R. Rogers. The Pierpont Morgan Wing: A Handbook. 2nd ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1929. pp. 117-18, fig. 67, ill. p. 119.

Natanson, Joseph. Gothic Ivories of the 13th and 14th Centuries. London: A. Tiranti, 1951. pp. 29–30, 39, fig. 63.



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