Follower of Leonard Kern, German (1588-1662) A late 17th century ivory tankard
Lot 3Y
Follower of Leonard Kern, German (1588-1662) A late 17th century ivory tankard
£7,000 - 10,000
US$ 12,000 - 17,000
amended
Lot Details
Follower of Leonard Kern, German (1588-1662)
A late 17th century ivory tankard
decorated in relief with putti frolicking in the sea, with numerous putti playing with fishing nets and balls, riding a dolphin and a turtle, and swinging drapery, with silvered metal mounts, the hinged top with associated panel depicting a peasant with a hat, 15cm high x 13cm wide

Footnotes

  • The distinctive faces of the putti portrayed in the present lot indicate that the ivory was carved by a follower of Kern, mostly likely either his nephew Johann Georg Kern (1623-1698) or his pupil Johann Jacob Betzold. Both worked under Kern in his workshop and their styles are almost indistinguishable. This tankard conforms to a type attributed to these carvers and produced in the 1660s, depicting stocky children with extremely chubby faces and small button noses that are very close to the eyes.

    A stylistically comparable example is in the Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum in Brunswick, and a further similar tankard is in the Walters Art Gallery. The present example is slightly more unusual depicting putti with marine iconography rather than the more typical bacchic attributes of grapes, vines and urns.

    Related Literature: R.H. Randall, Masterpieces of ivory from the Walters Art Gallery, Sotheby's Publications, London, 1985, page 254.

Saleroom notices

  • *Reduced estimate £7000-10,000
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