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Medallion - Charles Marbury
  • Charles Marbury
    Le Marchand, David, born 1674 - died 1726
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Charles Marbury

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    early 18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Le Marchand, David, born 1674 - died 1726 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ivory in relief

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This ivory medallion in relief, representing Charles Marbury (dates unknown), is made by David Le Marchand in ca. 1700-1720 in Britain. Little is known about the sitter, although it is likely he was a member of the Rose and Crown Club, which was a social group of gentlemen with antiquarian interests.
David Le Marchand (1674-1726) was famed for his ivory carvings, particularly his portraits. He was a native of Dieppe, France, and came from a Huguenot, or Protestant, family. With the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, and the consequent persecution of non-Catholics, he had to flee France. He was next recorded in Edinburgh in 1696, where he is documented as receiving official permission to open a shop and take on apprentices. He was in London by 1700, when he started to achieve a reputation for his portraits. Despite his wide circle of important patrons and his evident success, Le Marchand apparently died in poverty, though the exact reasons for this are unknown.
He is recognised as the most distinguished ivory carver to have worked in England in the early 18th century, a period when the art enjoyed a popularity unknown since the Middle Ages.

Physical description

The sitter is shown in a draped bust in profile to the right, long full wig, the shirt open at the neck. Monogrammed.

Place of Origin

England (made)


early 18th century (made)


Le Marchand, David, born 1674 - died 1726 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Ivory in relief

Marks and inscriptions

on the ground below the truncation


Height: 13 cm

Object history note

Bought for £45 from Alfred Spero, Regent Street, London, along with A.44-1931, in 1931. According to a former inscription on a label on the back of the old frame, written in a late eighteenth- or early nineteenth-century hand, the medallion was once in the possession of Sir James Lowther, 1st Earl of Lonsdale (1736-1802), the Revd. E. Chappelowe, and Mrs. Mason respectively.

Descriptive line

Medallion relief, ivory, Charles Marbury, by David Le Marchand, Britain, ca. 1700-1720

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

Hodgkinson, T. 'An Ingenious Man for Carving in Ivory'. Victoria and Albert Museum Bulletin., I, 2, 1965, pp. 29-32
Avery, Charles. 'David Le Marchard, ivory carver 1674- 1726'. London: Lund Humphries, 1996, pp. 113-118
The Quiet Conquest. The Huguenots 1685- 1985. Museum of London, 1985
Elfenbein Vol. II. ed. Theuerkauff, Christian. London: Sammlung Reiner Winkler, 1994, p. 58, no. 20
Kappel, Jutta. Elfenbein. Einblicke in die Sammlung Reiner Winkler.. Dresden, 2001, cat. 43, p. 106
Trusted, Marjorie, Baroque & Later Ivories, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2013, cat. no. 139
Roscoe, I., with Sullivan, M.G. and Hardy, E., A Biographical Dictionary of Sculptors in Britain, 1660 to 1851, New Haven, 2009, p. 730






Sculpture; Reliefs; Portraits


Sculpture Collection

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