A South German first half of the 18th century carved ivory, boxwood, fruitwood, walnut and glass figure group of a pair of old beggars disputing attributed to Simon Troger (Austrian, 1683 - 1768) or his circle
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A South German first half of the 18th century carved ivory, boxwood, fruitwood, walnut and glass figure group of a pair of old beggars disputing
attributed to Simon Troger (Austrian, 1683 - 1768) or his circle
£6,000 - 10,000
US$ 10,000 - 17,000
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A South German first half of the 18th century carved ivory, boxwood, fruitwood, walnut and glass figure group of a pair of old beggars disputing
attributed to Simon Troger (Austrian, 1683 - 1768) or his circle
the pair of beggars seated at a table, on which an ivory pipe, bowl, carrots and a chip-carved stoppered wine flask, the beggars, dressed in rags, apparently in dispute, the beggar on the right with glass eyes, bushy eyebrows, movable tongue protruding from his mouth, and gesturing towards the table, wearing sandals with wooden thongs and with a satchel at his waist, the other hump-back beggar with glass eyes, carefully delinieated teeth, and wearing ragged cloths, boots, a bottle and a fruitwood bowl tied at his waist, both seated on a boarded stool, the whole on a chequer-patterned rectangular walnut base, 43cm wide, 19cm deep, 24cm high (16.5in wide, 7in deep, 9in high).

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  • The Austrian sculptor Simon Troger is widely regarded as having produced some of the most impressive and distinctive virtuoso ivory carving of the eighteenth century. He trained in the workshop of Schmiedecker in Merano, and worked in Innsbruck, before settling in Munich in 1726 where he was employed by Andreas Faistenberger and later set up his own workshop in Haidhausen in 1736. Troger's work is characterised by the technique involving a combination of ivory, wood and glass to create representations of beggars and bucolic characters. Commissioned by patrons including Maximilian III Joseph, Prince Elector of Bavaria, Troger's figures appear in the collections of many European Museums.

    An ivory and wood sculpture in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum shows two similarly-dressed peasants - wearing boots very similar to the ones worn by the beggars in this group - and is described as 'prefiguring' the work of Simon Troger. A series of wood and ivory groups associated with the Passion now in the Museo degli Argenti in Florence are closely analogous. These were brought to Florence by Ferdinand III de' Medici from Würzburg in 1814, and are thought to date from the early eighteenth century.
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