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Edited by Catherine Yvard

  • Elisabeth Antoine-König
  • Katherine Eve Baker
  • Camille Broucke
  • Jack Hartnell
  • Franz Kirchweger
  • Juliette Levy-Hinstin
  • Christian Nikolaus Opitz
  • Stephen Perkinson
  • Naomi Speakman
  • Michele Tomasi
  • Catherine Yvard

The study of Gothic ivory carving has been given a new impetus in recent years through the launch in 2010 of the Gothic Ivories Project at The Courtauld Institute of Art. Showcasing this recent research, the present volume includes papers from two conferences organised by the Project in partnership with the Victoria and Albert Museum (2012) and the British Museum (2014).

The opening section of papers places the objects in their original context through close material examination, iconographic and stylistic analysis, and use of primary sources, with a focus on the 13th and 14th century. The second section turns to the late 15th and early 16th century when the production of ivory carvings, while still adhering to some older models, undergoes changes and ventures into new territories, both in terms of function and iconography. The final section offers a rich panorama of the particular taste for ivory developed by collectors all over Europe in the 19th and early 20th century. Finally, a thought-provoking epilogue addresses the question of gothic ivory sculpture in the age of digitisation and 3D printing.

 

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 Preface
Catherine Yvard

 


Part One
Production and uses: thirteenth to fourteenth century

A Flagellation Scene Reunited: a Reassessment of Early
Fourteenth-Century Ivory Altarpieces and Tabernacula
Elisabeth Antoine-König, Juliette Levy-Hinstin


Made in Cologne: New Perspectives on the Kremsmünster
Workshop

Michele Tomasi


Buying, Gifting, Storing: Ivory Virgins in Documentary Sources
from Late Medieval Central Europe
Christian Nikolaus Opitz


Part Two
Ivory carving in transition: late fifteenth to early sixteenth century

Translated Images: from Print to Ivory in the Late Fifteenth and
Early Sixteenth Century

Catherine Yvard


La Chambre aux dentz d’yvoire‘: an Introduction to the
Inventory of Chicart Bailly

Katherine Eve Baker


Anatomical Impulses in Sixteenth-Century Memento Mori
Ivories
Stephen Perkinson


Part Three
Ivory and the collector: nineteenth to twentieth century

 Gothic and Late Medieval Ivories from the Collection of Clemens
Wenceslaus Count of Renesse-Breidbach
Franz Kirchweger


 ‘A Great Harvest’: the Acquisition of William Maskell’s Ivory Collection by the British Museum
Naomi Speakman


 On Paul Thoby, the Musée Dobrée and Medieval Ivories
Camille Broucke


 Epilogue: Touching ivory online
Jack Hartnell


 

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