5 July 2007
AN OVAL CARVED IVORY PROFILE PORTRAIT RELIEF OF A LADY
ATTRIBUTED TO FRANÇOIS VAN BOSSUIT (1635-1692), SECOND HALF 17TH CENTURY
Depicted facing to sinister and with her hair elaborately tied; very minor chips to rim
3 1/8 in. (8 cm.) high
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M. Baker, 'Francis van Bossuit, Böttger Stoneware and the 'Judith' Reliefs', Skulptur in Suddeutschland 1400-1770, Berlin, 1998, pp. 291 and 294, fig. 16.
The present relief fits in neatly with a series of engraved female subjects executed in ivory by the Flemish sculptor François van Bossuit (see Tardy, Les Ivoires - Évolution décorative du Ier siècle a nos jours, Paris, 1972, pp. 111, 112 and 115). The engraved 'flecking' of the background is also characteristic of his work.
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