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Statuette - A beggar man

A beggar man

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    France (Dieppe, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1820 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cointre (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    ivory on turned wood base, inlaid with ivory

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This ivory statuette is one of a pair, this one representing a beggar man, the other a beggar woman (Mus. No. A.14-1949). It is probably made by Cointre in Dieppe, France, in ca. 1820. The figures were ascribed to Wilhelm Krüger (1680-1756) at the time of their acquisition in 1949.
Cointre (ca. 1790-1820) was an ivory carver that apparently specialised in carving genre figures of beggars in ivory in a style which looked forward to the work of Pierre-Adrien Graillon (1807/9-1872). The dark wood socles are typical of his work too. Such genre figures were typical in France in the second half of the nineteenth century, as exemplified by the work of Pierre-Adrien Graillon.

Physical description

Figure in ivory of a male beggar bearded and with long hair wearing ragged clothes and a large rosary. He has a hat in his left hand and clutches the beads with his right. Round his waist, a pan, a water bottle, and a chicken in a bag. He steps forward with his left foot, holding his hat out in his left hand, fingering his rosary. The toes of his left foot are revealed through his damaged left shoe. He looks downwards. Set on a turned wood base inlaid with ivory.

Place of Origin

France (Dieppe, made)


ca. 1820 (made)


Cointre (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques

ivory on turned wood base, inlaid with ivory


Height: 21 cm with pedestal, Height: 13.5 cm ivory alone

Object history note

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

Descriptive line

Statuette, ivory, a beggar with a pedestal, French (Dieppe), ca. 1820

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

Trusted, Marjorie, Baroque & Later Ivories, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013, cat. no. 268, pp. 276, 7


Ivory; Wood

Subjects depicted

Chicken; Hat; Bottle; Beggar; Pan; Rosary




Sculpture Collection

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