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Medallion - St. Anthony of Padua and St. Francis of Assisi

St. Anthony of Padua and St. Francis of Assisi

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1680 - ca.1700 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved ivory in silver frame

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

These two ivory medallions in silver gilt frame are very likely made in Germany in ca. 1680-1700. These medallions were presumably made as devotional items to be worn, or suspended on a wall, perhaps in a Franciscan convent. Their style suggest they could well be German, rather then Spanish (as previously suggested by Longhurst). Analogies can be made with the work of Christoph Daniel Schenck, who was active in South Germany in the second half of the 17th century.

Physical description

Two ivory plaques,mounted back to back in a silver gilt frame, with a ring for suspension. One depicts St. Anthony of Padua, kneeling with his arm around the Infant Christ and holding a martyr's palm in his left hand. The other shows St. Francis of Assisi seated embracing a crucifix and with a skull. The stigmata are visible on his hands.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


ca.1680 - ca.1700 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Carved ivory in silver frame


Height: 5.8 cm ivory alone, Height: 7.3 cm whole, Width: 4.9 cm

Object history note

Purchased of Evans in Paris, by John Charles Robinson in 1863, for £1 4s.

Descriptive line

Medallion, ivory, oval, St. Anthony of Padua and St. Francis of Assisi, German (Constance), ca. 1680-1700

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

Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1864 In: Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, Arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol I. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 39
Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Carvings in Ivory. London: Published under the Authority of the Board of Education, 1927-1929, Part II. p. 110
Trusted, Marjorie, Baroque & Later Ivories, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013, cat. no. 55


Ivory; Silver




Christianity; Sculpture; Religion; Plaques & Plaquettes


Sculpture Collection

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