Not currently on display at the V&A

King Charles XII of Sweden

Bust
ca. 1830 - ca. 1850 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This small historicising bust of King Charles XII of Sweden (1682-1718; r. 1697-1718) may have been part of a larger series of monarchs of Sweden; the bust of Queen Christina of Sweden (A.7-1928) currently forms a pair with it. The image may be based on a painting or engraving, their style implying a nineteenth-century date.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Carved ivory
Brief Description
Bust, carved ivory, of King Charles XII of Sweden, Swedish, ca. 1830-50
Physical Description
Charles XII faces forwards wearing a jacket. The front of the socle is inscribed. It is on a tall circular turned ivory socle.
Dimensions
  • Of bust alone height: 7.7cm
  • Of socle alone height: 6. 9cm
  • Whole height: 14.6cm
Marks and Inscriptions
'CAROLUS XII' (on front of socle)
Object history
Bought from C.F.Hobson Esq. London along with A.7-1928 for £12 10s in 1928.
Subject depicted
Summary
This small historicising bust of King Charles XII of Sweden (1682-1718; r. 1697-1718) may have been part of a larger series of monarchs of Sweden; the bust of Queen Christina of Sweden (A.7-1928) currently forms a pair with it. The image may be based on a painting or engraving, their style implying a nineteenth-century date.
Associated Object
Bibliographic References
  • Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Carvings in Ivory. London: Published under the Authority of the Board of Education, 1929, Part II, p. 122
  • Trusted, Marjorie, Baroque & Later Ivories, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013, cat. no. 316, p. 321
Collection
Accession Number
A.6-1928

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record createdJune 24, 2009
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