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Statuette - Summer (Flora)

Summer (Flora)

  • Object:

    Statuette

  • Place of origin:

    Dieppe (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1790 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved ivory on ivory and wood socle

  • Museum number:

    A.2-1928

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This figure and A.3-1978 (Bacchus or Autumn) were once probably part of a set of four figures symbolising the four seasons, the other two now lost.

On acquisition, in January 1928, the Keeper of the Department of Architecture and Sculpture, R.P. Bedford, noted that this and the pendant figure were 'apparently Dieppe work of the end of the eighteenth century. They are not of particularly good quality but we have nothing quite like them and perhaps we may accept them.' Museum Registry, Nominal file, Mrs Mary H. Greg).

Physical description

This female allegorical figure of Summer is shown bare-breasted, walking forward, holding a basket of flowers, in the guise of Flora.

Place of Origin

Dieppe (made)

Date

ca.1790 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Carved ivory on ivory and wood socle

Dimensions

Height: 12.2 cm whole, Height: 8.3 cm 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 on ivory and wood socles, Summer, 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

Materials

Ivory

Subjects depicted

Summer

Categories

Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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