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The Virgin and Child with St Dorothy and St Catherine: M.19-1904

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The Virgin and Child with St Dorothy and St Catherine


Possibly Unknown (Production)


Ivory, carved in the round. Virgin and Child seated on a throne with high back, on the top of which stand four small music-making angels. On the left, St Dorothy holding a basket of roses, and on the right, St Catherine with wheel and sword.


History note: Frédéric Spitzer Collection; sold Paris, Paul Chevallier , 17April - 16 June, 1893, Cataloguedes objets d'art et de haute curiosité antique, du Moyen-age e& de la Renaissance, composant l'importante et précieuse collection Spitzer, p. 28, lot. 154; Gibson Carmichael Collection (no. 143)

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Frank McClean Bequest

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1904) by McClean, Frank


15th/16th Century
Circa 1470 CE - Circa 1530 CE


Although the iconography resembles an ivory in the Domkammer of the Cathedral of St Paul at Münster, the style of carving is very different. In Dalton's Catalogue of the McClean Collection (1912), it was identified as Spainish, 16th century. In the catalogue of the British Fine Art Club exhibition (1923) it was stated that R. Koechlin regarded it as Wesphalian and compared it with the example at Münster.

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Components of the work

Ivory: Height 18.9 cm
Ivory And Base: Height 22.5 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Carving : Carved ivory in the round

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.19-1904
Primary reference Number: 31805
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 26 January 2021 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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