Small ivory statuette sculpture Dieppe musketeer nineteenth sword character

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Finely carved Dieppe* ivory statuette representing a musketeer sounding the trumpet and holding his sword, from the early 19th century.

This statuette is in good condition. Great finesse of sculpture.

A note: the end of the trumpet has been glued, tiny yellowing on the ivory in places, slight wear of time, see photos.

Specimen in worked ivory, prior to July 1, 1947 and therefore compliant with EC Regulation 338/97 of 09/12/1996 art.2-Wmc.

Dieppe ivories

Sailors from Dieppe would have discovered Guinea before the Portuguese. In 1384, they would have brought back a large quantity of ivory, which would have been at the origin of the vocation of the Norman port. The proliferation of ivory workshops quickly gave Dieppe a preponderance in Europe in the field of tablet maker work . In the 17th century, all sorts of religious or secular objects were made , such as boxes, shuttles, fans, boxes for flies, powder, including scientific instruments such as compasses, sundials, not forgetting famous tobacco graters, or "saucy" . In the 18th century, the new production is characterized by openwork, turned objects. Many objects are executed: carved, guilloché, fluted and saw-cut cases, snuffboxes, shuttles for ladies, knives, baskets, common crucifixes and other "well finished" crucifixes of all sizes, figures of saints, fans, marbles and billiard balls, dice, chess and dominoes . We must also mention the miniatures and portraits. The revolutionary period and the First Empire were unfavorable to working with ivory. During the Restoration , the Countess of Berry settled there and the town became fashionable. His taste for the neo-Gothic is then both in the furniture and in all the production of objects of all kinds. The taste for ivory is very strong: local ivory is taken away as a souvenir or as a present. The craze continued until 1850. The appearance of Celluloid in 1869 dealt a fatal blow to this craft. Dieppe ivories are highly sought after by collectors , depending on the quality of the decoration and the theme.

Data sheet

  • Diamètre socle 5,8 cm
  • Height 17,5 cm
  • Width avec trompette 6 cm