Courtrai Chest

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The Chest of Courtrai (Kortrijk), also known as the Chest of Oxford, is an oak chest dating to the Middle Ages. The chest was discovered around 1909 in New College, Oxford. On the front of the chest are carved scenes of the Battle of the Golden Spurs and the Bruges Matins from the Franco-Flemish War. The chest is among the few surviving contemporary depictions of the events themselves. It is now on display at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

The maker of the chest is unknown, although it is assumed that he was Flemish, and that, based upon all the details found on the scenes, he had fought in the battle himself. The processed front measures 107 cm by 71 cm.

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Bibliography[edit]

Ffoulkes, Charles (July 1912). "Carved Chest at New College, Oxford". The Burlington Magazine for Connoisseurs 21 (112): 240–1. JSTOR 859053.