Some of the most beautiful items from the Rylands collections are the wonderful gothic ivories. The library holds a small, but impressive collection of carved and often jewelled bindings and book covers, dating from around the 14th century.
Recently, a number of the ivories have joined an online collection of images from institutions around the world, set up by the Courtauld institute of art in London.
“I am pleased to announce that over 2050 pieces are now on the Gothic Ivories website: discover them now on www.gothicivories.courtauld.ac.uk! You will find that we have added pieces from the Victoria and Albert Museum, got started on the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and turned our attention to smaller but important collections including the Museum Mayer van den Bergh in Antwerp, the Museo Nazionale di Ravenna, the Musée Grobet-Labadié in Marseille, the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Dijon, The Princeton University Art Museum, the Badisches Landesmuseum in Karlsruhe,and many more…” DR. Catherine Yvard, Project Manager of the Gothic Ivories Project.
– typing “Unknown location” (quotation marks matter) in the Current location field will bring up all pieces whose whereabouts are unknown.
– typing “Private collection” in the Current location field will show you sculptures in private hands