Carved ivory sewing needle holders holster Dieppe Mont Saint-Michel XIX

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E30 53

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Case or ivory needle holders finely carved work Dieppe *, with an eyelet at the top representing the Mont Saint-Michel (East side), XIXth century.

This case is in good condition.

A note: tiny little slits, dirt and wear of time, see pictures.


The Dieppe sailors have discovered before the Portuguese Guinea. In 1384, they would have brought a significant amount of ivory, which was at the origin of the vocation of the Norman port. The proliferation of ivory workshops in Dieppe quickly gives a preponderance in Europe in the field of tabletiers work. In the seventeenth, it manufactures all kind of religious objects, or profane use, like boxes, shuttles, fans, fly boxes, powder, through scientific instruments such as compasses, sundials, without forgetting graters famous tobacco, or "saucy". In the eighteenth, the new production is characterized by cut-outs, of turned objects. Many objects are executed: carved cases, guilloche, grooved and cut with a saw, snuff boxes, shuttles for ladies, knives, baskets, and other common crucifix crucifix "well finished" and of all sizes, holy figures, fans, balls and billiard balls, dice, chess and dominoes games. It takes longer mention the miniatures and portraits. The revolutionary period and the First Empire are unfavorable to work in ivory. At the Restoration, Countess of Berry settled there and the town became fashionable. His taste for the Gothic part then both the furniture throughout the production of objects of all kinds. The taste for ivory is very lively: it takes in memory or as a present a local production of ivory. The craze continues until 1850. The appearance of celluloid in 1869 dealt a fatal blow to this craft. Dieppe ivories are highly sought by collectors, depending on the quality of decor and theme.

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  • Longueur 9,4 cm