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Virgin and Child in carved ivory with rare polychrome remains. Standing with a slight hip, Mary carries the Child on her left arm and presents him with a fruit; her face is oval with almost closed eyes framed by slightly wavy hair and a short veil; she is dressed in a long dress with a simple neckline falling in vertical folds that break off at the ground and a mantle forming a veil, a part of which surrounds the left forearm and returns to the front; angular and deep folds on the left, in only one flared cone under the Child; this one dressed with a long tunic seizes with his right hand the fruit tended by his Mother and holds a sphere of the other; slightly smiling face and hair cut in gradation ending in small curls; terrace with sides. North of France, middle of the 13th centuryHeight: 18.8 cm - Weight: 364 g (small slits, terrace may have been carved in the past)Origin: former private collection, BelgiumA report of analysis by the carbon-14 method carried out by the CIRAM Laboratory on November 9, 2020 will be given to the buyer (n°1020-OA- 530R). It concludes that the ivory was dated between 1226 and 1297 with a probability of 95.4%.Works consulted: R. Koechlin, Les ivoires gothiques français, Paris, 1968, cat.73, pl. XXVI; D. Gaborit-Chopin, Ivoires du Moyen Age, Paris, 1978, pp. 137 and 205; R. H. Randall, Masterpieces of Ivory from the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, 1985, cat. 261, pp. 189 and 198-199; D. Gaborit-Chopin, Ivoires médiévauxVe - XVe siècle, Musée du Louvre, Paris, 2003; P. Willimason and G. Willimason. Davies, Medieval Ivory Carvings 1200-1550, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2014, Part I, pp. 28-31. This Virgin and Child has several features that place it in the 13th century, well before the peak of French Gothic ivory production in the first half of the following century: imperceptible wiggle of the hips, very slit eyes (here, nearly

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France - 75009 - paris
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