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Panel, 1 register, 3 arches across (plaquette; frise d'arcatures; possibly fragment of a diptych); reused as part of a book cover (Front)

Panel, 1 register, 3 arches across (plaquette; frise d'arcatures; possibly fragment of a diptych); reused as part of a book cover (Front)
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New York, The Morgan Library and Museum



Height: 44mm
Width: 44mm (ivory only)

Crucifixion with the Virgin and saint John the Evangelist.

Library's opinion 2012: Dutch or Flemish, 14th century.


Not visible.

Object Condition
Two holes on the left and one hole on the right (plugged with ivory).
Chipped along the upper left edge (repaired with ivory).

This piece has been integrated into the 19th-century binding of a manuscript prayer book written in the Netherlands in the late 15th or early 16th century. The stamp of the binder, Alfred Matthew, features on the verso of the first flyleaf. The book is contained in a red box-case by Marguerite Duprez Lahey. The binding is 95 x 62mm.

Collection of Nathaniel Conklin: his sale, Anderson Galleries, New York, 19 May 1905, lot 308. Owned by George D. Smith, dealer. Purchased by John Pierpont Morgan (b. 1837, d. 1913) from Pearson in 1910; collection of J. P. Morgan (b. 1867, d. 1943).

S. De Ricci, Census of Manuscripts in United States and Canada, II (New York, 1937), p. 1469
P. Webber and J. Prins, Medieval Netherlandic Manuscripts in the Pierpont Morgan Library (New York-Brussels, 1991), pp. 83-86, 146.
See also the site of the Morgan Library and Museum: http://corsair.themorgan.org/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?Search_Arg=M.542&Search_Code=GKEY^&PID=etoVW11AzNA1nusnCPSHWvR4fsb&SEQ=20121011095049&CNT=50&HIST=1 [accessed 11 October 2012].


© The Pierpont Morgan Library, New York.
Credit Line: The Pierpont Morgan Library, New York. MS M.542. Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1910.

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