A rare South German anatomical model of an eye probably late 17th century
Lot 175Y
A rare South German anatomical model of an eye probably late 17th century
Sold for £7,500 (US$ 11,761) inc. premium

Lot Details
A rare South German anatomical model of an eye
probably late 17th century
composed of ten individual sections including an iris, pupil, and a section painted with veins, with a turned handle to the reverse and on a turned ivory spiralling stem and foot, together with a small 17th century circular carved wood and painted box which the eye fits into when disassembled, glass lense repaired, the ivory 8.5cm high, the box 8cm diameter (2)

Footnotes

  • The exquisite workmanship combined with the use of a rare and prized material in this miniature model of a human eye are typical of the objects that were collected and displayed in the Wunderkammer. Detailed models of eyes, as well as skulls and skeletons that are now associated with the Wunderkammer, were produced from the 17th century onwards and originally conceived as anatomical teaching tools. Ivory carvers such as Stephan Zick (1639-1715) and Johann Martin Teuber were influenced by the anatomical drawings of Andrea Vesalius in the mid 16th century and later George Bartisch who produced a manuscript relating to the eye in 1583.
    For a similar anatomical model of an eye, see Christies, London, December 4 2008, lot 75.

Saleroom notices

  • Estimate £6000-8000. Lacking lens.
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