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image of Pyx in the Form of a Dove French 13th Century (artist)
Pyx in the Form of a Dove, c. 1220/1230
gilded copper with enamel
overall: 18.2 x 22.6 x 19.1 cm (7 3/16 x 8 7/8 x 7 1/2 in.) overall (height of turrets): 4.1 cm (1 5/8 in.) overall (diameter of base): 16.8 cm (6 5/8 in.) overall (diameter of disk): 8.2 cm (3 1/4 in.) overall (height of wall around base): 2.4 cm (15/16 in.)
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Probably Prince Petr Soltykoff, Paris; (sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 8 April 1861 and following days: 22, no. 74);[1] Ayers, Paris, 1861-?;[2] Alessandro Castellani, Rome; (sale, H. Hoffmann and Charles Mannheim, Rome, 17 March-10 April 1884, part 2, no. 618); Count Ferdinand de Lasteyrie, by 1890;[3] John Edward Taylor, London; (his estate sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 1-4 and 9-10 July 1912, 1st day, no. 65); (Duveen Brothers, Inc., London and New York); purchased 1914 by Peter A.B. Widener or Joseph E. Widener, Lynnewood Hall, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania; inheritance from Estate of Peter A.B. Widener by gift through power of appointment of Joseph E. Widener, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania; gift 1942 to NGA.

[1] Gauthier, Marie-Madeleine, "Colombe limousine prise aux rêts d'un 'antiquaire' bénédiction à Saint-Germain-des Près, vers 1726," Intuition und Kunstwissenschaft. Festschrift für Hanns Swarzenski, Berlin, 1973: 187, n. 14. Both the Washington dove and a dove in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam were in the Soltykoff sale in 1861 with the numbers 74 and 75, respectively, similarly described. [2] Gauthier 1973, 187, without dates or first name. [3] Rupin, Ernest, L'oeuvre de Limoges, Paris, 1890: 228. Braun, Joseph, Der Chrisliche Altar, 2 vols., Munich, 1924: 2:610, 615.

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