Ivory Figure of Venus Attributed to Leonard Kern (1588-1662)
Ivory Figure of Venus Attributed to Leonard Kern (1588-1662)

Ivory Figure of Venus Attributed to Leonard Kern (1588-1662)

1600 to 1700 Germany

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A Fine Ivory Figure of Venus Attributed to Leonard Kern (1588-1662)
The head, fore arm and part of the veil missing
Circa 1635 – 45

Size: 23cm high – 9 ins high
Provenance: The Sylvia Adams collection
Sold Bonham’s, 22 May 1996, lot 87
cf A Similar figure of Venus in the Prague National gallery; Inv PR 4496
Leonard Kern worked in Naples and then Rome before settling in Heidelberg, Nuremburg and Schwäbisch Hall and became Germany’s leading master of turned or carved ivory. Mid 17th century Europe’s courtly taste had turned from bronze to ivory and Kern’s style reflected a shift from Mannerist elegance and refinement to the more robust and naturalistic classicism of the Baroque.
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