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.

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.

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