Large Christ ivory Dieppe crucifix carved wood frame Regency eighteenth century

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D40 227

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Grand Christ carved ivory, work Dieppois, presented in its carved gilt wood frame decorated with flowers, foliage and fruit, Regency period early eighteenth century.

This Christ is in good general condition. The screws of the hands and feet have been changed.

A note: some accidents and lacks on the frame, wear velvet bottom, some yellowing and tiny slots on the Christ, the arms have probably been glued, wear time, see photos.


Derived from the Christian Latin "crucifixus", the term designates the crucified and by extension a cross bearing a representation of the tortured Christ. It is originally tense to the dying and the death row, or brandished by preachers on mission. Devotion to the crucifix developed in Europe in the seventeenth century, preachers urging the faithful to own one or more crucifixes, to expose them in their home, hanging on the wall of their room or placed on their desk.
The crucifix was therefore a means for the faithful to prove their devotion and their deep belief in God. The greatest artists and sculptors were thus commissioned crucifixes for individuals but also for communities and parishes. Many crucifix models were created from the 17th century, using a variety of materials. The most precious of them, and whose work proved to be the most difficult, is certainly ivory. The ivory Christs of the 18th century are thus finely carved, neat and particularly expressive. They are very often accompanied by the attributes of death: dice, bones and skulls placed at their feet, as well as the Virgin Mary, at the foot of the cross. These ivory Christs of the eighteenth and nineteenth are therefore testimonies of the great devotion of the faithful at that time.

Data sheet

  • Cadre 75,5 cm x 41,5 cm
  • Christ hauteur tête aux pieds 27,5 cm largeur entre les mains 22 cm