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Box with scene of a monk and lady at a table

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Netherlands (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1750 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ivory with gilt metal mounts

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by John Jones

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This shallow rectangular box may have been used for cards. On the lid is a satirical scene depicting a monk and a lady at a table with a wine flask and goblets. The monk is shown chucking the lady under the chin while a dog seizes some food from the table. The dress and scene are eighteenth-century in style, although the carving is poor, and this may be a later pastiche, probably dating from the mid nineteenth century. The composition probably derives from a print, and was probably carved in the Netherlands.

Physical description

Box. Ivory, oblong with chased gold mounts, the lid carved in relief with a monk and a female seated at a table, with a wine flask and goblets, the monk chucking the lady under the chin. A dog seizes some food from the table. A landscape can be seen outside the window.

Place of Origin

Netherlands (made)


ca. 1750 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Ivory with gilt metal mounts


Length: 8.8 cm, Width: 6.1 cm, Height: 1 cm

Object history note

From the Jones Bequest in 1882.

Descriptive line

Box, oblong ivory with chased gold mounts, a monk and a lady at a table, probably Netherlandish, ca. 1750 or a later pastiche

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

List of Objects in the Art Division, South Kensington Museum acquired during the Year 1882. London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1883, p. 78
Catalogue of the Jones Bequest, 1924
Longhurst, Margaret, H. Catalogue of Carvings in Ivory. II. London: The Board of Education, 1929, p. 122
Trusted, Marjorie, Baroque & Later Ivories, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013, cat. no. 115


Ivory; Gold



Subjects depicted

Goblets; Monk; Table; Landscape; Wine; Dog; Lady


Sculpture; Containers; Games; Household objects


Sculpture Collection

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