17th C, Baroque, Flemish School, Carved Christ


  • £1,670
  • €1,995 Euro
  • $2,263 US Dollar


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17th C, Baroque, Flemish School, Carved Christ

The opening of new sea routes along the coasts of East and West Africa in the 17th century gave an incentive to ivory carving in the Netherlands and Central Europe. The creamy white African ivory had the great advantage of being easily workable. It could be chiselled without splintering too much. This allowed the carver to work out his objects down to the finest details. The shimmering appearance of the polished ivory made it popular with princes and wealthy citizens. They liked to display small ivory objects in their “Kunstkammer”. Church authorities bought numerous ivory carvings of religious nature for their treasuries. Devotional subjects such as the Passion or suffering of Christ have been highly sought after. This crucified Christ, who originally may have been nailed to a wooden cross, has exquisite lines. The hip rotation, which is emphasized by the folds of the perizonium, provides a great sensuality. The visibility of the ribs indicates, in a sense, the suffering of a serenely deceased Christ.


  • H: 14cm (5.51in)
  • W: 12cm (4.72in)
  • D: 2cm (0.79in)


18th Century & Earlier

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For COLLECTIT! by SPECTANDUM owner Guy Kuypers, the history of his collecting began at the Porte de Clignancourt in Paris with a Napoleon III case filled with Exotic Birds. The colorful birds piqued my imagination and became the beginning of a passion for Natural History, Ethnography, European Works of Art, Antiquities and Curiosities that drive me on all continents, looking for fascinating and rare objects. Whether they are natural or man-made, all have an interesting story to tell.

So, it is finally in this spirit that the collection, which encompasses Natural History, Tribal Art, Paintings, Sculptures and Curiosities from many cultures and periods in history finds its rationale and its roots.

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