Flemish firts quarter 17th century
A Flemish carved ivory Corpus Christi, first quarter 17th century
Carved in the round, the arms separately attached. The droplets of blood with the original red polychromy. Depicting Christ crucified with three nails, His head leaning to one side in death. The fine quality of this carving is particularly evident in the observation of the anatomy, as well as the detailed rendering of the perizonium and hair. The piece is thought to have been produced in Antwerp in the circle of Jerome Duquesnoy. The corpus is mounted on the original wooden cross with plinth, the gold embossed two-part leather case has also been preserved.
In good condition with some minor abrasion to the hair above the forehead and some vertical hairline cracks. Minor localised yellowing. Corpus: Height 30 cm, width of arms 22.5 cm. Base with cross: Height 54 cm. Case: 58 x 28 x 16 cm.
A marketing authorisation for the EU internal market is available.
Jan Dirven art dealership, Antwerp. - Acquired there in 1994 and subsequently in German private ownership.