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Plaque - The Holy Family with St Anne, St Elizabeth and the infant St John the Baptist
  • The Holy Family with St Anne, St Elizabeth and the infant St John the Baptist
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The Holy Family with St Anne, St Elizabeth and the infant St John the Baptist

  • Object:

    Plaque

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1840 - ca. 1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ivory, engraved and inked in

  • Museum number:

    1510-1855

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This rectangular ivory plaque is engraved and inked in with a depiction of the Holy Family with St Anna, St Elizabeth and the infant St John the Baptist. The composition is probably loosely based on a sixteenth-century engraved source, but in style it is clumsy, and is almost certainly a nineteenth-century fake.

Physical description

This plaque is engraved and inked in with with the subject of the Holy Family with St Anne, St Elizabeth, and the infant St John the Baptist.

Place of Origin

Italy (probably, made)

Date

ca. 1840 - ca. 1850 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Ivory, engraved and inked in

Dimensions

Height: 11.8 cm, Width: 7.7 cm

Object history note

Bought in 1855 in London (vendor unrecorded).

Descriptive line

Plaque, ivory, the Holy Family with St Anne, St Elizabeth and the infant St John the Baptist, probably Italian, (forgery in 16th century style) of ca. 1840-1850

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

Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1855. In: Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, Arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol I. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 67
p. 123
Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Carvings in Ivory. Part II. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1929
p. 455
Trusted, Marjorie, Baroque & Later Ivories, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013
Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Carvings in Ivory. Part II. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1929, p. 123
Trusted, Marjorie, Baroque & Later Ivories, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013, p. 455, cat. no. 503

Production Note

Was first inventorised as Italian, 16th century.

Materials

Ivory

Techniques

Engraving

Categories

Plaques & Plaquettes; Christianity; Religion; Fakes & forgeries

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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