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Relief - Woman in 16th century costume

Woman in 16th century costume

  • Object:

    Relief

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1900 - ca. 1910 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Jemmet-Browne, Nina (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Coloured wax on green background, decorated with gold beads in a glazed wood frame.

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by E. J. Pyke in 1996, c/o Bird and Bird Solicitors, London

  • Museum number:

    A.24-1996

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is one wax of a group of twenty-nine wax sculptures bequeathed to the Museum by Edward (Teddy) Pyke. Mr. Pyke had devoted most of his life to the study of waxes, and was the recognised authority in the field. His 'Biographical Dictionary of Wax Modellers', published in 1973, has become the standard reference book for students of the subject. Mr Pyke's own collection was wide-ranging, and included British, German, French and Italian portraits and figure subjects from the sixteenth century up to the present day. His generous bequest augmented and complemented the then existing holdings of waxes in the Museum.

Wax is a cheap material, easily worked, as well as light and easily transportable. It is quick and easy to shape, yet also cheap. Once softened, it is modelled in a similar way to clay, with the composition built up gradually. To enhance the wax, pigment can be added before moulding and pearls or other jewels can be embedded in the surface afterwards.
It is also intended as a kind of object of desire, covetable and collectible. It is the ideal kind of object for a Kunstkammer in that it is small and light enough to be held in the hand and passed from person to person, and that it is attractive to the eye.

Physical description

The wax shows the profile relief of a woman facing to right. The sitter is wearing a jewelled hat and a black jerkin over a red dress, reminiscent of the 16th century.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1900 - ca. 1910 (made)

Artist/maker

Jemmet-Browne, Nina (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques

Coloured wax on green background, decorated with gold beads in a glazed wood frame.

Dimensions

Height: 15 cm framed, Width: 12.3 cm framed

Object history note

Bequeathed by E. J. Pyke in 1996, c/o Bird and Bird Solicitors, London.

Descriptive line

Relief, wax, woman in 16th century costume, possibly by Nina Jemmet-Browne, England, ca. 1900-1910

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

Trusted, Marjorie, ‘The Pyke Bequest of waxes at the Victoria & Albert Museum’, in: Apollo, Vol. CXLV, no. 419, Jan 1997, pp. 41-45

Materials

Wax

Categories

Reliefs

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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