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Box Panel with Lovers Exchanging Gifts
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Box Panel with Lovers Exchanging Gifts


Description Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description Four couples in lavish court costume are placed beneath ogee arches supported by colonnettes. From left to right, the couples exchange a ring, a pet squirrel, a flower, and a bunch of hearts. The background is lightly crosshatched. On the rear of the panel the date "1417" is written in Arabic numerals. A poem is written in a 16th-century hand in two lines, divided in the center by a configuration which may be the capital letter I or H. The poem reads: Dear lady I love you loyally And pray God that you not forget me And I place myself at your command Without evil intent and without folly. The date and inscription are 16th-century additions. There is a large series of holes for the original mounts, some of which have been filled with plaster. A break and chip occur on the right end.
Exhibitions
  • Medieval Games of Love and War. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995-1996.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1925, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Date] On the rear of the panel: 1417; [Poem] Dos Dame je vos aime leaulem[en]t/Port Die [prie] que ne mobilie mis/Et fie mon cors a vos comandens (?)/Sans moveste et sans nulle folie.; [Translation] Dear lady I love you loyally/And pray God that you not forget me/And I place myself at your command/Without evil intent and without folly.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1925

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Period
1410-1420 (Medieval)
Medium
ivory
(Ivory & Bone)
Accession Number
71.204
Measurements
H: 2 3/16 x W: 9 1/16 in. (5.6 x 23 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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