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Case - Case for spoons or knives, or liturgical instruments
  • Case for spoons or knives, or liturgical instruments
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Case for spoons or knives, or liturgical instruments

  • Object:

    Case

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1650 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraved ivory and bone on wood core

  • Museum number:

    A.18:0-1922

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This case for a spoon or knife, was made in ca. 1650 in Italy. This case is formed of two pieces of bone and engraved St Francis of Assisi and a female martyr saint holding a palm. Beneath is a monastic saint holding a cross. On the other side St Agatha is shown in a cartouche, above another cartouche with the Franciscan emblem of two arms and a cross above a pierced heart. Given its imagery, this holder may have been made for a Franciscan community. The holder may have had a liturgical function. The style and form suggest they are Italian, and date from the mid-seventeenth century.

Physical description

Case for a spoon or knife, formed of two pieces of bone. In a cartouche is St Francis of Assisi and a female martyr saint holding a palm are depicted. Beneath is a monastic saint holding a cross. On the other side St Agatha is shown in a cartouche, above another cartouche with the Franciscan emblem of two arms and a cross above a pierced heart. Beneath the figure of St Agatha is an inscription. The conical base has panels engraved with foliage and floral design, and four profile busts in fanciful costumes. The sides of the case are pierced with holes for the attachment of a thong. Decorative pierced borders of bone run round the circumference of the base and in two further borders around the holders above. The engraving has been filled up with a black mastic or ink. Two of the panels in the base are of ivory while the others are of bone.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)

Date

ca. 1650 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Engraved ivory and bone on wood core

Marks and inscriptions

'S. AGATHA'
beneath the figure of Agatha

Dimensions

Height: 32.3 cm, Diameter: 14.5 cm of base

Object history note

Given by Sir Charles Wyndham Murray, K.C.B., 10 Rutland Gate, London, SW7 in 1922.

Descriptive line

Case, bone and ivory on wood core, for a spoon or knife or liturgical instruments, Italian, ca. 1650

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

Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Carvings in Ivory. London: Published under the Authority of the Board of Education, 1927-1929, Part II, p. 107
Trusted, Marjorie, Baroque & Later Ivories, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013, cat. no. 298, p. 304

Materials

Ivory; Mastic; Bone; Wood

Techniques

Engraving

Subjects depicted

Palm; Cross; Pope; Monk; Man; Heart; Martyr

Categories

Christianity; Containers; Accessories

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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