A walnut and ivory figure of a beggar in the style of the works by Simon Troger. South German, circa 1750. 10 inches high.
Simon Troger (c.1693 – 1769) came originally from the Tyrol. He worked in Meran and Innsbruck, but probably also spent some time in Italy. From 1726 he was established in Munich. He specialised in figures and groups made of ivory and wood in combination, with inset glass eyes. The technical accomplishment of his imposing work epitomises the highly sophisticated level of ivory and woodcarving in Germany throughout the 18th and much of the 19th century.