The Nuremberg Ivory at Dumbarton Oaks


  • Iñigo Salto Santamaría



The Incredulity of Thomas ivory plaque, held today at the Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Collection in Washington, D.C, previously belonged to the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg. Deacessioned in 1936 in exchange of a Langobard book chest, it was purchased by the American collectors Mildred Barnes Bliss and Robert Woods Bliss, founders of Dumbarton Oaks, in 1937. The present article studies the deaccession and acquisition of the Nuremberg Ivory as a single phenomenon, aiming to understand the logics that lead to its exchange, as well as the effect it had on the Blisses' collecting patterns. 




How to Cite

Salto Santamaría, I. (2022). The Nuremberg Ivory at Dumbarton Oaks. Journal for Art Market Studies, 6(1).