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Casket: M.14-1930

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown (Uncertain)




Wood, decorated with carvings in ivory and bone. The scenes are from the legend of Lancelot and Guinevere and from the 'Ring'; several remain problematical.


History note: 1926: Collection of Grafin Jenison-Walworth; 1930: Dr. E. Sommer von Seckendorff

History note: It is not yet known how this casket entered the collection of Anna Jenison-Walworth but it seems that after her death (on 16 August 1929 in Freiburg), it passed to her younger sister, Elisabeth Olga Sommer von Seckendorff, who had lived in Freiburg since 1886 with her husband, Heinrich von Seckendorff. It seems that she herself died one year later, in 1930, and the casket was inherited by her daughter, Dr Eleonore Sommer von Seckendorff, who, urgently needing funds, sold the casket to the Museum. More information about possible earlier provenance of this casket can be found in the object file.

History note: While in the possession of Anna Jenison-Walworth, the casket was lent to the Augustiner Museum, Freiburg, between c.1923 and 1926 and again for a short time in 1928 (inventory number K 23/018).

Legal notes

Purchased with the S.G. Perceval Fund

Measurements and weight

Depth: 10.2 cm
Height: 11.5 cm
Height: 13 cm
Length: 30.7 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1930) by Seckendorff, E. Sommer von, Dr.


13th Century, Late
Circa 1270 CE - Circa 1300 CE

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of bone ivory
Casket composed of wood (plant material)

Techniques used in production

Carving : Wood decorated with carvings in ivory and bone

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.14-1930
Primary reference Number: 31811
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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