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Handle - Cane handle with a figure of Justice

Cane handle with a figure of Justice

  • Object:

    Handle

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1830-1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved ivory

  • Museum number:

    4711-1859

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This handle of a cane is made by an unknown artist in Germany in ca. 1830-1850.
It is of ivory carved with grotesque heads and with a figure of Justice along the top. Justice is leaning back, and resting her head upon a dragon's head. The unusual style of the piece suggests it was produced in Germany in the first half of the nineteenth century, although it may have been made in imitation of the work of the early eighteenth century.

Physical description

This handle of a cane is of ivory carved with grotesque heads and with a figure of Justice along the top. Justice is leaning back, and resting her head upon a dragon's head.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)

Date

ca. 1830-1850 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Carved ivory

Dimensions

Length: 11.43 cm, Height: 5 cm

Object history note

Acquired from the Museum of the Collegio Romano, Rome, in 1859.

Historical context note

A very similar handle is the Musee de Cluny in Paris. A number of examples in the Berlin Museum and at Munich may also be compared.

Descriptive line

Handle, ivory with later wood mount, of a cane, carved with grotesque heads and af igure of Justice, Germany, ca. 1830-1850

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

Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1859. 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. 33
Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Carvings in Ivory. Part II. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1929, p. 95
Trusted, Marjorie, Baroque & Later Ivories, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013, cat. no. 96

Materials

Ivory

Techniques

Carving

Subjects depicted

Scales; Head, grotesque; Dragon's head; Sword; Figure

Categories

Sculpture; Accessories; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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