Ivory crucifix by David Le Marchand

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.

Details

Medium:
Ivory
Dimensions:
39 cm
Art Fund grant:
£5,000 ( Total: £32,760)
Acquired in:
1984
Vendor:
Christie's

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.

Provenance

The Earl of Caledon.

Venue details

V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) Cromwell Road, London London SW7 2RL 020 7942 2000 www.vam.ac.uk

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