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Statuette - Venus and Cupid with a dolphin

Venus and Cupid with a dolphin

  • Object:

    Statuette

  • Place of origin:

    France (or Belgium, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved ivory on ebony wood socle

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr W.L. Hildburgh F.S.A. in 1949; formerly on loan from Dr Hildburgh.

  • Museum number:

    A.40-1949

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Venus is shown standing on a shell with Cupid at her side. This piece is close in style to the work of Giambologna, in particular Venus's sinuous, twisting pose.The present ivory probably dates however from the mid-nineteenth century, and although inspired by Giambologna, the small proportion of Venus’s head, her facial features, and elongated torso, as well as the somewhat awkward pose of the Cupid, suggest a French or Belgian origin.

Physical description

Venus is shown standing on a shell with Cupid at her side. He holds her left hand in his right.

Place of Origin

France (or Belgium, made)

Date

ca. 1850 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Carved ivory on ebony wood socle

Dimensions

Height: 15.7 cm without base, Height: 20.5 cm whole

Object history note

Given by Dr W.L. Hildburgh F.S.A. in 1949; formerly on loan from Dr Hildburgh.

Descriptive line

Statuette, ivory on turned ebony wood socle, Venus and Cupid with a dolphin, French or Belgian, ca. 1850

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

Tardy. Les ivoires. Paris(?), 1967, p. 187
Weihrauch, H. R. Príspevky k dílu Benedikta Wurzelbauern a Adriaena de Vriese. Umení. 18, 1970, p. 68
p. 452
Trusted, Marjorie, Baroque & Later Ivories, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013
Trusted, Marjorie, Baroque & Later Ivories, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013, p. 452, cat. no. 498

Production Note

This piece was made in imitation of late Mannerist works, and was probably a fake.

Materials

Ivory; Ebony

Subjects depicted

Shell; Dolphin

Categories

Sculpture; Myths & Legends

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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