A 17th century ivory relief of the martyrdom of a saint
Lot 2Y
Circle of Francis van Bossuit, Flemish (1635-1692) A 17th century ivory relief depicting the martyrdom of Saint Erasmus
£7,000 - 10,000
US$ 12,000 - 17,000
amended
Lot Details
Circle of Francis van Bossuit, Flemish (1635-1692)
A 17th century ivory relief depicting the martyrdom of Saint Erasmus
the saint with his hands tied, his guts extracted from his body by two semi nude male figures using a machine, with a winged putto to the left holding a laurel wreath and a palm frond, and the Emperor Diocletian and his attendants to the right, later mounted in a dark green marble frame, the ivory 27.5cm wide x 14cm high, 39cm x 25cm overall

Footnotes

  • Saint Erasmus or Saint Elmo as he was also known, was a bishop of Formiae in the Campagna, Italy. He was martyred under the Emperor Diocletian who ordered that his intestines were to be drawn out by a windlass (a machine for moving heavy weights). Because of the instruments similarity to a capstan, sailors invoke him as their patron saint.

Saleroom notices

  • *Reduced estimate £7000-10,000
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