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Statuette - Autumn (Bacchus)

Autumn (Bacchus)

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Dieppe (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1790 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved ivory on ivory and wood socle

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Mary H. Greg.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This figure and A.2-1978, representing Summer, were once probably part of a set of four figures symbolising the four seasons. Such small-scale statuettes were popular as decorative items. Ivory carving flourished in Dieppe in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Physical description

This male allegorical figure of Autumn is shown in the guise of Bacchus, wearing a panther skin and loin cloth, holding a goblet, his right leg crossed over his left, recalling classical imagery, leaning on a tree trunk wreathed in grape-laden vines.

Place of Origin

Dieppe (made)


ca.1790 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Carved ivory on ivory and wood socle


Height: 12.3 cm whole, Height: 8.5 statuette alone

Object history note

Given by Mrs Mary H. Greg, 27 St Mary Abbots Court, High Street Kensington, London, in 1928. Mrs Gregg gave a large number of objects to the Museum during the 1920s and 1930s, including dolls and toys for the Bethnal Green Museum (now the Museum of Childhood), and textiles.

Descriptive line

Statuette, ivory, of Autumn or Bacchus, French (Dieppe), ca. 1790

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

Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Carvings in Ivory. London: Published under the Authority of the Board of Education, 1929, Part II, p. 79
Trusted, Marjorie, Baroque & Later Ivories, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013, cat. no. 251, pp. 268, 9


Ivory; Wood

Subjects depicted

Vine leaves; Autumn




Sculpture Collection

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