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Statuette - St Paul

St Paul

  • Object:

    Statuette

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (probably, perhaps Venice, made)
    France (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1580 - ca. 1600 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ivory

  • Museum number:

    214-1867

  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, room 111, case 9, shelf 2

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This is an ivory statuette made in ca. 1580-1600, probably in Italy, perhaps Venice. It represents St. Paul wearing a long robe and mantle, leaning on a tall sword and holding a closed book in the left hand. He wears a beard, and his head is tonsured. This and its accompanying piece representing St. Peter (V&A Mus. no. 215-1867) could have originally formed part of a monstrance or other liturgical item, analogous to an Augsburg work in Zagreb Cathedral.

Physical description

Statuette in ivory of St. Paul, standing, wearing a long robe and mantle, leaning on a tall sword and holding a closed book in the left hand. He wears a beard, and his head is tonsured.

Place of Origin

Italy (probably, perhaps Venice, made)
France (possibly, made)

Date

ca. 1580 - ca. 1600 (made)

Artist/maker

unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Ivory

Dimensions

Height: 15.5 cm, Width: 2 1/4 in

Object history note

Bought from the Webb Collection for £22 in 1867. Formerly in the Fould Collection (Sale, Paris, 4 June 1860, lot No.1843).

Descriptive line

Statuette, ivory, St. Paul, probably Italian, perhaps Venice, ca. 1580-1600

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

Inventory of Art Objects acquired in the Year 1867. Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol. 1. London : Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 12
Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Carvings in Ivory. London: Published under the Authority of the Board of Education, 1927-1929, Part II, p. 102
Riznica Zagrabacke Katedrale. Zagnes, 1987, cat. no. 104M.
Trusted, Marjorie, Baroque & Later Ivories, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013, cat. no. 286, pp. 292, 3

Materials

Ivory

Subjects depicted

Book; Sword; St. Paul

Categories

Religion; Christianity

Collection code

SCP

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