French - Fireplace with Courtly Beasts, 1338-1365


Fireplace with Courtly Beasts, 1338-1365

Polychrome on limestone, 261.6 x 30.5 x 129.5 cm (103 x 12 x 51 in.) overall


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Purchased by Isabella Stewart Gardner from the art and antiques gallery Bacri Frères, Paris for 3,800 francs by 24 July 1906, through Fernand Robert, her regular agent in Paris.


Gilbert Wendel Longstreet and Morris Carter. General Catalogue (Boston, 1935), p. 161. (as French gothic, about 14th century)
Roland Sanfacon. "Three French Flamboyant Chimney Pieces." The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art 63, no. 10 (Dec., 1976), pp. 314-23, figs. 4, 5. (as French Massif Central, dated late 15th or early 16th centuries)
Rollin van N. Hadley. "The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum" in James Thomas Herbert Baily (ed.). The Connoisseur: An Illustrated Magazine for Collectors 128 "Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum" (London, 1978), p. 6, no. d. (as 14th century)
Hilliard Goldfarb. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: A Companion Guide and History (Boston, 1995), p. 91. (as 14th century)
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: Guide to the Collection (Boston, 1997), p. 78. (as "from the reign of François I," 1515-1547)
Geoff Edgers. “Gardner Museum restores ancient fireplace: Gardner staff gives fireplace a fresh look.” The Boston Globe. October 23, 2011.
"Tapestry Room: Conservation." Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, accessed 2014. (as 14th century)

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