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Statuette - Abundance


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1620-1645 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kern, Leonhard, born 1588 - died 1662 (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

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

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This statuette in ivory was made by Leonhard Kern in Germany, in about 1620-1645. It represents Abundance. The head and figure type are closely analogous to other works by Kern, such as the Three Graces in the Württembergisches Landesmuseum, Stuttgart and the Abundance in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna as well as Charity in the V&A's own collection (A.37-1949).

Kern (1588-1662) trained under his brother Michael Kern (1580-1649) and then spent four years travelling mainly in Rome, Naples and Venice, though he also visited North Africa and Slovenia. His figures, often nudes, are distinctive in style, being both monumental and individualistic, inspired by South Netherlandish Sources, such as Rubens, but fusing them with Italianate poses. His female nudes are frequently shown with elaborate coiffures.

Physical description

Statuette in ivory. A nude laureated female figure with left foot forward and turned slightly to the left, stands holding at her left side an inverted cornucopia filled with fruit. The left leg split at the ankle. Her hair is in an elaborate plaited bun.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


ca. 1620-1645 (made)


Kern, Leonhard, born 1588 - died 1662 (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 24 cm

Object history note

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

Descriptive line

Statuette, ivory, Abundance, by Leonhard Kern, German, ca. 1620-45

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

Cf. Dreier, Franz-Adrian. Unbekannte Elfenbeinarbeiten von Leonhard Kern und zwei Reliefs aus der Drehbank des Landgrafen Carl von Hessen. Pantheon. 22, 1964. pp. 99-100. fig. 6.
Trusted, Marjorie, Baroque & Later Ivories, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013, cat. no. 25

Labels and date

South German; about 1610-1650
Style of Leonhard Kern
Given by the Dr, W. L. Hildburgh F.S.A.
[1993 - 2011]



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