14 December 2000
A RECTANGULAR CARVED IVORY PORTRAIT RELIEF OF JOHN CALVIN
Probably German, 16th Century Style
Depicted half length and facing to dexter, holding a book bearing the date '1564' and with the name of the sitter inscribed along the bottom 'I. CALVINVS.', in a later, parcel-gilt wooden frame with hinged metal support to the reverse,(cracks, minor wear to gilding of frame)
4¼ in. (10.7 cm.) high
As lot 1.
Rothschild inv. nos. P.48 and E.de R. 339.
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John Calvin (1509-64), who spent the greater part of his adult life in Geneva, is considered to be the most important member of the 'second generation' of Protestant reformers, and one of the most influential figures in the Protestant Church.
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