The quality of this crucifixion figure confirms Le Marchand's reputation as the most distinguished ivory carver working in England in the early 18th century.
Ivory crucifix by David Le Marchand, 17001726
© V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum)
- 39 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £5,000 ( Total: £32,760)
- Acquired in:
The subtly-modelled musculature of the torso and the heavily-bunched draperies of the loin cloth give the figure a monumentality unusual for its size. It is from the tradition of French sculpture that Le Marchand's baroque Christ is ultimately derived.
The Earl of Caledon.