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Lamp - Grotesque Animal

Grotesque Animal

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Amsterdam (Possibly , Model)
    Zwolle (Possibly , Model)
    France (possibly , cast)

  • Date:

    ca. 1620 (model)
    ca. 1650-1700 (Cast)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bolten, Arent van of Zwolle (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr W.L. Hildburgh

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 117, case 1

This bronze is made in the Netherlands in the first half of the 17th century in the style of Arent van Bolten of Zwolle (ca. 1573-1624/26)
This grotesque bird is in the form of a shell-backed monster with bird's legs. The lamp is located in the creature's open mouth. It is mounted on an oblong marble base.
Arent van Bolten was a silversmith and sculptor, but got especially well known for his drawings. His most frequent subjects were grotesque figures and monsters, biblical and mythological scenes and scenes from peasant life.

Physical description

This grotesque bird is made in the form of a shell-backed monster with bird's legs. The lamp is in the creature's open mouth. On an oblong marble base.

Place of Origin

Amsterdam (Possibly , Model)
Zwolle (Possibly , Model)
France (possibly , cast)


ca. 1620 (model)
ca. 1650-1700 (Cast)


Bolten, Arent van of Zwolle (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques



Width: 16 cm Object, Depth: 9.5 cm Object, Height: 18 cm Object, Width: 13.2 cm Base, Depth: 9.4 cm Base

Object history note

Given by Dr. W. L. Hildburgh, F. S. A., 1952.

Historical significance: Several other examples have turned up.

Descriptive line

Lamp, Grotesque Animal, bronze, after Arent or Arnold van Bolten (c.1573-before 1633), model Amsterdam or Zwolle ca. 1620, cast possibly France ca. 1650-1700

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

Leeuwenberg, Jaap, 'The Grotesques ascribed to Arent van Bolten', in: Apollo, April 1966, pp. 272-277
Dawn of the Golden Age. Northern Netherlandish Art 1580-1620, exhibition catalogue, Rijksmuseum, pp. 410-411, cat. 67
Binnebeke, Emile von. Bronze Sculpture: Sculpture from 1500-1800 in the Collection of the Boymans-van-Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam, 1994, pp. 154, 5, cat. no. 48



Subjects depicted

Bird; Lamp; Grotesque


Bronze; Lighting; Household objects; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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