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Collection Frédéric Spitzer, Paris, avant 1890.
Collection Victor Martin le Roy, Neuilly-sur-Seine, avant 1900.
Collection Jean-Joseph Marquet de Vasselot, puis par descendance à ses héritiers.
BIBLIOGRAPHIE: F. Spitzer ed.; La Collection Spitzer - Antiquité, Moyen-Age, Renaissance, Paris, 1890, I, Les Ivoires, no. 29, p. 39.
R. Koechlin, Les Ivoires Gothiques Français, I, Paris, 1968, pp. 468-471.
J. Beckwith, Ivory Carvings in Early Medieval England, London, 1972, figs. 110-117.
Post Lot Text
A CARVED MARINE IVORY CHESS PIECE DEPICTING A SEATED BISHOP, ENGLISH OR GERMAN, 12TH CENTURY
The reverse inscribed in black ink '.JMV.'; losses and wear to the highpoints
This lot is being sold with a radiocarbon dating report stating there is a 95 percent certainty that the ivory dates between AD 790 and AD 990.