The Passion of Collecting Academic Nudes

Join me as we explore my collection of Academic Nudes from the 18th, 19th, and Early 20th Centuries and serendipitous finds in the Museum, Art Auction, and Gallery world......examples from the Golden Age of the European Academie

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Unknown Artists - 19th Century Corpus Christi

I have managed to acquire three very nice 18th to 19th century sculptures of the Corpus Christi figure from European sources, one nearly complete museum quality corpus in ox bone (directly below), one in ivory,(second listing below), and one, slightly damaged with a missing limb, also in ox bone (last illustrations). The ability of these unknown 18th-19th century artisans/craftsmen (they were not considered artists) who created these beautiful sculptural representations of the male form on such a small scale just takes my breath away.

Title: The Dying Christ
Artist: Unknown (French Dieppe Studio)
Material: Ox Bone (Faux Ivory)
Dated: Unknown (Late 18th - Mid-19th Century)

Title: Christ on the Cross
Artist: Unknown (German Studio)
Material: Ivory Carving
Dated: Circa 1800-1850)

Title: Christ on the Cross
Artist: Unknown (French Studio)
Material: Ox Bone, mounted on ebonized wood
Dated: Circa 1850-1880