Carved ivory lid
Carved ivory lid

Carved ivory lid

c. 1800 Netherlands

Offered by Anthony Outred Ltd

£450 gbp
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A CARVED IVORY BOX LID DEPICTING LOVERS IN A LANDSCAPE
Possibly Dutch
Early nineteenth century

This carved ivory scene contains hidden erotic meaning. In old Dutch the verb 'vogelen' meant both to hunt wildfowl and to make love, leading to the development of an iconography of lovers giving each other gifts of birds. Here this erotic subtext is reinforced through the man's placement of the bird in his lover's provocatively positioned cage.

Measurements: 3 1/2" x 2 1/2" (9 x 6 cm)
Stock Code
12920
Anthony Outred Ltd

Anthony Outred Ltd
74 Pimlico Road
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