German ‘Kabinettkunst’
German ‘Kabinettkunst’
German ‘Kabinettkunst’
German ‘Kabinettkunst’
German ‘Kabinettkunst’
German ‘Kabinettkunst’
German ‘Kabinettkunst’
German ‘Kabinettkunst’
German ‘Kabinettkunst’

German ‘Kabinettkunst’

1600 to 1800 Germany

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A lathe turned ivory and horn tower ornament, the flowers on slender carved horn stems and leaves, which tremble and dance with the slightest touch. A nutmeg to the top of the spiral twisted stem
Contained in original paper lined shaped pine box
Late 17th Century – Early 18th Century

Size: 19cm high – 7½ ins high /
case: 5cm high, 5.5cm wide, 22.5cm long – 2 ins high, 2¼ ins wide, 9 ins long
Aesthetically pleasing and artistically fascinating, the art of turning ivory on a lathe to produce varying geometrical shapes was extremely popular in the northern courts of Europe. Practised as a form of leisure activity by the aristocracy, it was a major domestic art form comparable perhaps with embroidery. The tradition dated back to the 16th and 17th centuries when ivory turning was patronised by royalty. Christof Angermair (1580-1633) was the court turner to Maximilian, Elector of Bavaria and was held in such high esteem by his master that he was allowed to marry into the noble family.
Ivory, Bone, Nut, Wood, Horn
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