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Crucifix figure

Crucifix
ca. 1700 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This crucifix with a carved ivory figure, is thought to be French or Netherlandish, made ca. 1700. It resembles the signed ivory crucifixes by Claudio Beissonat (active before 1664-1696?), who worked in Naples and Spain, and whom Estella Marcos suggests might have been a native of France. The figure also resembles South Netherlandish crucifixes.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Ivory on wood, and bone
Brief Description
Crucifix figure, ivory on wooden cross, French or Netherlandish, ca. 1700
Physical Description
Crucifix, ivory figure attached to wooden cross, fixed in a base of two tiers. At the top a scroll of bone carved with the letters INRI. Christ is shown alive with his eyes and mouth open, leaning his head against his right arm, both his arms vertically suspended. The body is fixed to the cross with wood pegs, one in the right hand (the one for the left hand is missing), and one in each foot; the feet are uncrossed.
Dimensions
  • Whole height: 39cm
  • Ivory alone width: 17.2cm
Object history
Purchased 13th May 1896 from W. Hutchinson, 82 Church St, Chelsea, for £6.
Subjects depicted
Summary
This crucifix with a carved ivory figure, is thought to be French or Netherlandish, made ca. 1700. It resembles the signed ivory crucifixes by Claudio Beissonat (active before 1664-1696?), who worked in Naples and Spain, and whom Estella Marcos suggests might have been a native of France. The figure also resembles South Netherlandish crucifixes.
Bibliographic References
  • List of Objects in the Art Division South Kensington Museum acquired during the Year 1896. Arranged according to the dates of acquisition, with appendix and indices. London: Her Majesty's Stationary Office. Wyman and Sons, 1900, p.25
  • Trusted, Marjorie, Baroque & Later Ivories, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013, cat. no. 266, pp. 274, 5
Collection
Accession Number
164-1896

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record createdJanuary 26, 2009
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