Nutcracker

about 1700 (made)
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Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

A nutcracker like this would have been used mainly for cracking hazelnuts or cob nuts, as walnuts were usually cracked with the teeth at this date and brazil nuts had not yet been discovered by Europeans. Consequently the jaws of the nutcracker only need to open a short distance.
This boxwood example is topped by a monkey. He is seated, cross-legged, on a pile of books with a globe to one side, and is reading with great concentration.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Carved boxwood
Brief Description
Carved boxwood nutcracker in the form of an ape reading among books and globes. French, ca. 1700.
Physical Description
Carved boxwood nutcracker in two parts surmounted by a monkey with books and a globe.
Dimensions
  • Length: 255mm
  • Width: 50mm
  • Depth: 40mm
Object history
Purchased from the Lecarpentier Sale, Paris, May 1866 lot 53, £5 - 12 - 0

See memo of J.C.Robinson June 7th 1866 in which he notes that he selected a number of lots from the Lecarpentier sale as desirable, but purchased only lots 11, 52, 53, 687, 688, 18, 156, 158, 576 as 'the objects in general have realised considerably higher prices than I had anticipated...'



Described as "Nutcrackers in carved box wood. At the summit an ape reading seated on a pile of books with a globe by his side. French work circa 1700. Length 9 1/2"
Subjects depicted
Summary
A nutcracker like this would have been used mainly for cracking hazelnuts or cob nuts, as walnuts were usually cracked with the teeth at this date and brazil nuts had not yet been discovered by Europeans. Consequently the jaws of the nutcracker only need to open a short distance.

This boxwood example is topped by a monkey. He is seated, cross-legged, on a pile of books with a globe to one side, and is reading with great concentration.
Collection
Accession Number
224-1866

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record createdJanuary 29, 2004
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