French Sculpture Census

photo credit : 2012 Detroit Institute of Arts
artist © : public domain

France 16th century

Pendant pour un rosaire ou un chapelet
Pendant to a Rosary or Chaplet

1500-1525
elephant ivory with traces of polychromy

type: other
2 3/4 x 1 1/4 x 1 1/2
inscribed around the collarbone below the two faces: O MORS QUAM AMARA EST MEMORIA TUA [O Death, how bitter is the remembrance of thee / O Death, how bitter it is to be reminded of you]

Acc. No. : 1990.315
Credit Line : Founders Society Purchase, General Art Purchase Fund, Insurance Recovery Fund, David L. Klein, Jr. Memorial Foundation, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Fund, Henry Ford II Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hamilton Fund for Medieval Art, with additional funds from Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hamilton

Detroit, Michigan, Detroit Institute of Arts

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Provenance

  • 1990, Purchased from Blumka II Gallery, New York
  • 1990, Founders Society Purchase, General Art Purchase Fund, Insurance Recovery Fund, David L. Klein, Jr. Memorial Foundation, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Fund, Henry Ford II Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hamilton Fund for Medieval Art, with additional funds from Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hamilton

Bibliography

  • See Gothic Ivories Project at The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, www.gothicivories.courtauld.ac.uk, 3 February 2015: http://gothicivories.courtauld.ac.uk/images/ivory/390622B8_269c4707.html
  • 1991 Barnet
    P. Barnet, "Selected recent acquisitions," Bulletin of the Detroit Institute of Arts, vol. 66, no. 4, 1991, p. 50, (ill)
  • 2000 Darr & Albainy
    A. Darr & T. Albainy, "Acquisitions of European sculpture and decorative arts at the Detroit Institute of Arts, 1988 - 1999," The Burlington Magazine, 142 (June 2000), p. 406, no. IV (color ill)

Exhibition

  • 1975-1976 Cologne
    500 Jahre Rosenkranz 1475 Koln 1975, Koln, Erzbischofliches Diozesan Museum, October 25, 1975- January 15, 1976, Exhibition Catalogue
  • 1990 New York
    Medieval Masterworks 1200-1520, New York, Blumka II Gallery, dealer exh. cat., 1990
  • 1997 Detroit
    Images in Ivory: Precious Objects of the Gothic Age, P. Barnet, ed., exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts, 1997, cat. no. 78, pp. 277-278
  • 2006 Cologne
    Zum Sterben Schön, Cologne, Schnutgen Museum, cat. no. 45, vol II, p. 86

Comment

Franco-Flemish.