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Brooch - Bust of a woman
  • Bust of a woman
    Schuller, Johann Adam, born 1839 - died 1912
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Bust of a woman

  • Object:

    Brooch

  • Place of origin:

    British (Anglo-German, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1870 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Schuller, Johann Adam, born 1839 - died 1912 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ivory

  • Museum number:

    A.27-1933

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This ivory brooch depicts a girl in a low cut dress. Her head is turned towards the left and she looks downwards at a dove which rests on her right shoulder. Her hair falls in ringlets over her bare shoulder. According to the donors JA Schuller was born in Stuttgart in 1839. He came to England in 1866 and married an English woman in 1870. This brooch was carved in 1870 as a present to his bride. From then until 1908 he carved many beautiful statuettes in ivory which were swiftly bought by Americans. He died in July 1912, aged 73.

Physical description

Brooch, ivory, carved in high relief with the bust of a girl in a low cut dress. Her head is turned towards the left, as she looks downwards at a dove which rests on her right shoulder. The hair falls in ringlets over her bare shoulder. She carries roses in her hair and one on her dress. The background, broken by horizontal lines set within a plain band is bordered by rope work.

Place of Origin

British (Anglo-German, made)

Date

ca. 1870 (made)

Artist/maker

Schuller, Johann Adam, born 1839 - died 1912 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Ivory

Dimensions

Height: 5.7 cm

Object history note

Given by the artist's daughters, Misses Antoinette & Edith Schuller, Belgrave Road, Barnes, London, in 1933.

Descriptive line

Brooch, ivory with brass mounts, bust of a woman, by Johann Adam Schuller, Anglo-German, ca. 1870

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

Trusted, Marjorie, Baroque & Later Ivories, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013, cat. no. 187
Review [1911-1938], Victoria & Albert Museum. Review of the Principal Acquisitions during the Year, London, 1933, p. 44

Materials

Ivory

Techniques

Carved

Subjects depicted

Dove; Roses; Girl

Categories

Jewellery; Portraits

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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