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Statuette - St Bruno

St Bruno

  • Object:

    Statuette

  • Place of origin:

    Spain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1800 - ca. 1820 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ivory on wood base

  • Credit Line:

    From the Murray bequest in 1910

  • Museum number:

    A.1069-1910

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This ivory statuette represents Saint Bruno and is made in Spain in about 1800 - 1820. St Bruno (about 1032-1101) was the founder of the Carthusian Order. Although never officially canonised, he is recognised as a saint, as the Holy See approved his cult for Carthusians in 1514, and this was extended to the Universial Church in 1674. He is usually portrayed in Carthusian habit holding a lily and with a skull. Although somewhat neo-classical in style, and so likely to date from the early nineteenth century, the present figure is stylistically related to seventeenth- century Spanish and Portuguese sculpture in wood, such as the work of Manuel Pereira (1588-1683), whose life-size polychromed wood figure of St Bruno was made for the Carthusian monastery of Miraflores outside Burgos before 1635.

Physical description

Ivory statuette on wood base of St Bruno. The saint, wearing a Carthusian habit, stands, resting on his left leg, his right leg stepping forward. His right arm and hand are outstretched with open palm, his left arm is stretched out with a clasped hand, perhaps originally holding a lily. The mitre is placed on the base at his feet. The wood base rests on four ivory bun feet; an ivory scroll fixed to the base is inscribed. Some fingers are broken off; an object (probably a skull) missing from the left corner of the base. A paper label inscribed '40' is stuck onto the back of the base.

Place of Origin

Spain (made)

Date

ca. 1800 - ca. 1820 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Ivory on wood base

Marks and inscriptions

'S. BRVNO'
On the scroll fixed to the base.

Dimensions

Height: 4.375 cm, Height: 15.9 cm whole, Height: 10.4 cm ivory alone

Object history note

Although somewhat neo-classical in style, and so likely to date from the early nineteenth century, the present figure is stylistically related to seventeenth-century Spanish and Portuguese sculpture in wood, such as the work of Manuel Pereira (1588-1683), whose life-size polychromed wood figure of St Bruno was made for the Carthusian monastery of Miraflores outside Burgos before 1635.

Descriptive line

Statuette, ivory on wood base, 'St Bruno', Spain, ca. 1800-1820

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

'Salting Bequest (A. 70 to A. 1029-1910) / Murray Bequest (A. 1030 to A. 1096-1910)'. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum (Department of Architecture and Sculpture). London: Printed under the Authority of his Majesty's Stationery Office, by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Limited, East Harding Street, EC, p. 163
Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Carvings in Ivory. Part II. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1929, p. 105
pp. 345-346
Trusted, Marjorie, Baroque & Later Ivories, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013
Trusted, Marjorie, Baroque & Later Ivories, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013, pp. 345-346, cat. no. 342

Materials

Ivory; Wood

Categories

Christianity; Sculpture; Religion

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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