CHINESE JESUIT, CIRCA 1700
Relief with Saint Jerome
inscribed in ink to the reverse: 53
12.2 by 9.4cm., 4¾ by 3⅝in.
Overall the condition of the ivory is very good, with minor wear and a light layer of dust to the surface. There are some very small chips to the edges of the moulded framing and a few minor stable hairline splits consistent with the material.
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Inventory, 1949, 'A carved ivory panel “St. Jerome”, 4 7/8” x 3 ½”' in the Strong Room
Note the distinctive cloud scrolls, the dog-like lion, and the unmistakable treatment to the physiognomy, which is typical of the Chinese Jesuit ivory carvers of the late 17th century. The inclusion of a frame is also characteristic and shows that the panel was inspired by a European engraving.
M. M. Estella Marcos, Ivories from the Far Eastrn Provinces of Spain and Portugal, Monterrey 1997, cat. nos. 132 and 296