A fine Dieppe ivory micro-carving , late 18th century

A fine Dieppe ivory micro-carving , late 18th century

1700 to 1900 France

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A fine Dieppe ivory micro-carving of a coastal landscape contained under glass in the lid of an ivory box.
Attributed to Louis-Charles-Vincent Belletete (1757-1819)
Late 18th century

Size : 10 cm dia. x 4.5 cm high
4 ins da. x 1¾ ins high
The art of micro-carving in ivory reached the height of its popularity and technical artistry in the late 18th century.
Praticed by a small number of highly specialised sculptors selling to the fashionable society of the important European capitals and their Royal courts these miraculous miniature creations managed to amaze even the most world weary members of the court retinues.
Louis-Charles-Vincent belletete was the grandson of the famous French ivory carver, Jean Antoine Belleteste ( 1730-1811 ). He changed his family name in order to better distinguish his own work.
Height 4.50 cm (1.77 inches)
Width 10.00 cm (3.94 inches)
ivory and glass
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