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Mourner's Niche from the Tomb of Philip the Bold

ca. 1384 - 1390
28 9/16 x 13 1/16 x 9 in. (72.5 x 33.2 x 22.9 cm)

Jean de Marville
Netherlands (active 1366 - 1389)
Claus Sluter
Netherlands (Haarlem, ca. 1360 - before 1406, Dijon) co-creator

Object Type: Sculpture
Medium and Support: Marble, gilding
Credit Line: R. T. Miller Fund
Accession Number: 1949.51
Location: Currently on view
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This sculpture was originally part of the tomb of Philip the Bold, who was the ruler of the Netherlands and regent of France until his death in 1404. Forty mourning figures, called pleurants, form a procession around the base of the tomb. Each is placed in an arcade characterized by gothic architectural forms. The gisants, or funerary statues, of the Duke and his wife rest on top of the tomb.

The tomb of Philip the Bold, originally in the Carthusian monastery of Champmol at Dijon, France, was destroyed in the French Revolution. Many of the surviving fragments, including the top of this arcade, were salvaged and then sold to collectors. The tomb was extensively restored from 1818 to 1823 and now stands in the Museum of Fine Arts in Dijon.

[Gallery label text, June 2013]

H. [Henri?] Léman; Joseph Brummer, New York (dealer); his sale, part II, Parke-Bernet, New York, May 11-14, 1949, lot 586; purchased at that sale by the Gallery

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