French Baroque Carved Ivory of Christ Crucified ‘Christo Vivo’
French Baroque Carved Ivory of Christ Crucified ‘Christo Vivo’
French Baroque Carved Ivory of Christ Crucified ‘Christo Vivo’
French Baroque Carved Ivory of Christ Crucified ‘Christo Vivo’
French Baroque Carved Ivory of Christ Crucified ‘Christo Vivo’

French Baroque Carved Ivory of Christ Crucified ‘Christo Vivo’

1600 to 1700 France

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A Fine and Exceptionally Large French Baroque Carved Ivory of Christ Crucified ‘Christo Vivo’
Attributed to Pierre Simon Jaillot (b. Avignon 1631/3: d. Paris 1681)
Old smooth silky creamy patina with aged Ivory surface
Second half 17th Century

Size: 54cm high, 34cm wide - 21¼ ins high, 13½ ins wide
cf: Victoria and Albert Museum No A.1:0-1984 for a signed example circa 1664 part of a Calvary group

Also in Trusted, M.; ‘Baroque and Later Ivories’ London 2013 pg. 241-244 for the same example at V&A Museum illustrated
Created by the artist for use as a devotional object, this crucifix was meant to be viewed from below within the confines of a chapel. The baroque sculpture shows Christ crucified calling out to God. His open mouth and lowered eyelids suggesting the final moment of supreme exhaustion is near at hand.
Pierre Simon Jaillot was based in Paris from 1657 onwards where he enrolled as a student at the Académie de St Luc. When he had become an established artist he was particularly praised for his ivory crucifixes, but also became well known for his difficult and temperamental personality.
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Ivory
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