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Figure group: M.19-1904

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  • The Virgin and Child with St Dorothy and St Catherine

Ivory, carved in the round. Virgin and Child seated on a throne with high back, on the top of which stand four small music-making angels. On the left, St Dorothy holding a basket of roses, and on the right, St Catherine with wheel and sword.

Frédéric Spitzer Collection; sold Paris, Paul Chevallier , 17April - 16 June, 1893, Cataloguedes objets d'art et de haute curiosité antique, du Moyen-age e& de la Renaissance, composant l'importante et précieuse collection Spitzer, p. 28, lot. 154; Gibson Carmichael Collection (no. 143)

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Frank McClean Bequest

Acquisition and important dates

  • Method of acquisition: Bequeathed
  • Dates: 1904




Although the iconography resembles an ivory in the Domkammer of the Cathedral of St Paul at Münster, the style of carving is very different. In Dalton's Catalogue of the McClean Collection (1912), it was identified as Spainish, 16th century. In the catalogue of the British Fine Art Club exhibition (1923) it was stated that R. Koechlin regarded it as Wesphalian and compared it with the example at Münster.

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Components of the work

  • Ivory measuring: Height by cm by 18.9
  • Ivory And Base measuring: Height by cm by 22.5

Materials used in production

Techniques used in production

  • Carving : Carved ivory in the round

Associated department: Applied Arts

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  • Created: Saturday 6 August 2011
  • Updated: Tuesday 26 January 2021
  • Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021
  • Data source: Adlib

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