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Statuette - Invidia (Envy) and Fury
  • Invidia (Envy) and Fury
    Heschler, David, born 1611 - died 1667
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Invidia (Envy) and Fury

  • Object:

    Statuette

  • Place of origin:

    Ulm (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1640-1650 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Heschler, David, born 1611 - died 1667 (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved boxwood

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased under the bequest of Captain W. H. Murray

  • Museum number:

    A.22-1934

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This allegorical group shows a female and male figure kneeling back to back. The woman, depicted as old, gnaws at a heart(?) which she holds in her right hand. The younger man struggles with a serpent. The group probably symbolises Envy (the woman) and Furor, or Fury (the man). The style of the group suggests it was carved in Ulm in South Germany in the mid-seventeenth century by an artist working in the circle of David Heschler (1611-1667). It is reminiscent of the allegorical figure of Sickness also in the V&A collection attributed to Heschler (inv. no. A.3-1956). This group is typical of small-scale allegorical sculpture carved in South Germany in the first half of the seventeenth century. Boxwood was a particularly suitable material in that it is a hard wood and so could be carved with close attention to detail.

Physical description

This allegorical group shows a female and male figure kneeling back to back. The woman, depicted as old, gnaws at a heart(?) which she holds in her right hand. The younger man struggles with a serpent. The group probably symbolises Envy (the woman) and Furor, or Fury (the man). The style of the group suggests it was carved in Ulm in the mid-seventeenth century by an artist working in the circle of David Heschler (1611-1667). It is reminiscent of the allegorical figure of Sickness also in the V&A collection attributed to Heschler (inv. no. A.3-1956).

Place of Origin

Ulm (probably, made)

Date

ca. 1640-1650 (made)

Artist/maker

Heschler, David, born 1611 - died 1667 (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Carved boxwood

Dimensions

Height: 8.5 cm, Width: 9.2 cm

Object history note

Historical significance: This group is typical of small-scale allegorical sculpture carved in South Germany in the first half of the seventeenth century. Boxwood was a particularly suitable material in that it could be carved with close attention to detail.

Historical context note

Acquired by Dr Hildburgh at a sale at Messrs Knight, Frank & Rutley, London, July 17, 1934, lot 10. Bought from Dr Hildburgh for £9 19s 6d under the bequest of Captain H. W. Murray.

Descriptive line

Allegorical boxwood group by an artist working in the circle of David Heschler

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

C. Theuerkauff, 'David Heschler (1611-16667)' 'Weltkunst. no. 10. 15 September 2000. p. 1707 and fig. 9 on p. 1706.

Production Note

This was probably made by an artist working in the circle of David Heschler

Categories

Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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