To send a message simply fill out the form below.
Enquiry from Online Galleries regarding "Carved ivory lid"
|If you do NOT want to receive newsletters from us regarding the antiques trade, please UNCHECK this box.|
To send this page to a friend, fill out the form below..
Look at what I found on the Online Galleries website!
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)