A two register Parisian ivory diptych from the second quarter of the 14th century emanated a strong presence.
Paris, second quarter of 14th century. Carved ivory diptych with two registers showing four scenes: the Dormition of the Virgin and the Adoration of the Magi in the right section; the Coronation of the Virgin and the Crucifixion in the left, h. 18.6/7.3 in, l. of each section 10.8 cm/4.3 in.
Large 14th-century two-register diptychs are the most sought after, as only a few have survived. They include one in the Badisches Landesmuseum in Karlsruhe (Germany) and another in the Thyssen-Bornemisza collection in Madrid, both with the same iconography of four religious scenes as the one sold for €104,650 in this sale: the Dormition of the Virgin, the Crucifixion, the Adoration of the Magi and the Coronation of the Virgin. They also possess the same depth of relief, where the effects of light give a strong presence to the figures, all underpinned by a composition that remains crystal-clear despite the many details. These are all features linking this diptych with the art of Paris workshops of the second quarter of the 14th century (many of which flourished around one known as "Le Coffret de Cracovie"). It was also for a while part of the Linsky Collection; several of these pieces were donated to the Metropolitan Museum in New York. Another impressive ivory, this time Franco-Burgundian from between 1400 and 1420, showing the Swoon of the Virgin in bas-relief (16.5 x 9.7 x 1.6 cm/6.5 x 3.8 x 0.6 in), it realized €53,300.