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Group - Christ between two Apostles

Christ between two Apostles

  • Object:

    Group

  • Place of origin:

    France (northern France or Mosan, made)

  • Date:

    second half fourteenth century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved elephant ivory

  • Museum number:

    211-1867

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This ivory group representing Christ between two Apostles, is made in northern France or Mosan in the second half of the fourteenth century. It must have come from the centre of a Last Supper.
This group was formerly thought to form part of a large ensemble of forgeries, mainly comprising small groups including this object and purporting to be from retables with scenes of the Passion of Christ.

Physical description

The bearded Christ is shown seated between two apostles, the appliqué group once forming the Centre of a Last Supper scene made up of several reliefs. He holds a chalice in his left hand and wears a mantle over his shoulders fastened with a small lozenge-shaped brooch or agrafe at his chest, and his bare feet are exposed below his gown. The apostle to the left points downwards with his left hand; that on the right raises his right hand to his chest.

Place of Origin

France (northern France or Mosan, made)

Date

second half fourteenth century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Carved elephant ivory

Dimensions

Height: 10.5 cm, Width: 6.5 cm at base

Object history note

Purchased from the Webb Collection in 1867, for £18.

This group forms was formerly thought to be part of a large ensemble of forgeries, mainly comprising small groups purporting to be from retables with scenes of the Passion of Christ. But this is now dismissed.

Descriptive line

Group, ivory, Christ between two Apostles, Northern France or Mosan, second half of the 14th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Carvings in Ivory. London: Published under the Authority of the Board of Education, 1927-1929, Part II. p. 33
Inventory of Art Objects acquired in the Year 1867. Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol. 1. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 7
Cf. Leeuwenberg, Japp. Early Nineteenth-century Gothic Ivoriese. Aachener Kunstblätter. 39, 1969, pp. 111-148, fig. 12
pp. 80-81
Maskell, W., A Description of the Ivories Ancient and Medieval in the South Kensington Museum, London, 1872
Vol I, pp. 307, 308; Vol II, cat. no. 846
Koechlin, R., Les Ivoires gothiques français, 3 vols, Paris, 1924 (reprinted Paris 1968)
part 1, pp. 126-129
Williamson, Paul and Davies, Glyn, Medieval Ivory Carvings, 1200-1550, (in 2 parts), V&A Publishing, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2014
Williamson, Paul and Davies, Glyn, Medieval Ivory Carvings, 1200-1550, (in 2 parts), V&A Publishing, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2014, part 1, pp. 126-129, cat. no. 39

Materials

Ivory

Subjects depicted

Chalice; Book

Categories

Fakes & forgeries; Christianity; Sculpture; Religion

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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