The Fine Sale | 22 November 2017

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Ω Attributed to Simon Troger, , a carved and stained wood and ivory model of...

Sold for £15000

Est: £1200–1800

Ω Attributed to Simon Troger, (German 1683 ~ 1768), a carved and stained wood and ivory model of David with the head of Goliath, circa 1750, the victor portrayed as standing and attired in loose leather armour in the Roman manner, his finely sculpted face with inset glass eyes, beneath a feather adorned hat, his left arm raised, his left foot resting on the severed head of Goliath, on carved and shaped wood base, 35.5cm high

Simon Troger is considered to be one of the most prominent German sculptors of the late Baroque period. His figures and groups distinctively combined wood and ivory, with inset glass eyes, sometimes including details in metal. They were remarked upon as much for their expressive faces and theatrical poses (both of which are evident in this David), as much as they were for the technical skill employed in their production

Troger trained in Merano and Innsbruck, followed by sojourns in Italy, Copenhagen and finally Munich -the city in which he opened his own highly productive workshop by 1727. Troger's composite figures represent beggars and large and complex religious or secular compositions, generally using more ivory than wood, although not in this case. Some of the more important figural groups and statuettes are held at the Castle of Rosenborg in Copenhagen, London's Victoria & Albert Museum, the Staatliche Museum in Berlin, and with a major collection held at the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum in Munich

Theuerkauff, C., Nachmittelalterliche Elfenbeine, Die Bildewerke in Elfenbein des 16 - 19 Jahrhunderts, Staatlichemuseen Berlin, Band II, Berlin, 1986, pp. 268 - 273, Cat. N€ 74 and 75
Trusted, M., Baroque and Later Ivories, Victoria and Albert Museum, V & A Publishing, 2013, pp. 101 - 104

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The fidure bears the usual minor knocks scuffs and abrasions overall consistent with age, but is essentially in good order
There are naturally occuring cracks within the ivory
The strap of the bag which would lie across his right shoulder is missing
The strap is also missing from behind the left shoulder down to the bag
The ivory head beneath his foot is loose and comes away
There is much old glue beneath the head where it has been previously fixed
An old paper lable neneath the base describes the figure as Judith with the head of Holophernes, incorrectly

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