Francesco Terilli (Italian, active 1596-1633) A carved ivory and tortoiseshell crucifix on gilt metal mounted tortoiseshell base circa 1600

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Francesco Terilli (Italian, active 1596-1633)
A carved ivory and tortoiseshell crucifix on gilt metal mounted tortoiseshell base
circa 1600

£ 30,000 - 50,000
US$ 39,000 - 66,000
Francesco Terilli (Italian, active 1596-1633)
A carved ivory and tortoiseshell crucifix on gilt metal mounted tortoiseshell base
circa 1600
the finely carved figure of Christ modelled contropposto, his downward cast head wearing a crown of thorns, his rope-tied folded and draped perizonium, signed to the rear to one side FRAN.TERILL.F, above a carved ivory skull, mounted on a tortoiseshell-veneered cross with ivory fillet endpieces and applied ivory scrolled paper titulus inscribed INRI, the corresponding tortoiseshell veneered and foliate gilt metal-banded rectangular architectural base centred to the front with a vacant arched niche flanked by panelled pilaster on moulded base and shaped bracket feet, the corpus 26cm high x 22.5cm wide (10in high x 8 1/2in wide), the cross and base 91cm high x 25cm wide (33 1/2in high x 9 1/2in wide)

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  • PROVENANCE
    The Lucas Collection, Madrid.
    Sale, Sotheby's, London, 18 November 1982, lot 144.

    EXHIBITED
    London, Galerie Hempson, An Exhibition of Fine Works of Art, 25 June-23 July 1980, no. 13.

    LITERATURE
    C. Avery and P. Hempson, An Exhibition of Fine Works of Art, 25 June - 23 July 1980, no. 13.
    M. Estella, La escultura Barroca in marfil en Espana, 1984, vol. I, fig. 86, vol. II, fig. 54.
    C. Theuerkauff, Die Bildwerke in Elfenbein des 16. - 19., Die Bildwerke der Skulpturengalerie Berlin,, vol. II, (January 1986), no. 125, fig. 13.
    S. Claut, Francesco Terilli. Ed altri scultori del legno nel feltrino tra rinascimento e Barocco, San Lorenzo, 1988, pp. 20-22, no. 17, figs. 21-22.

    This unusually well preserved example of a late 16th century Italian crucifix would most probably have been conceived as the central point of a domestic altar in the residence of a noble patron. As Francesco Terilli signed very few of his pieces, the present lot forms part of a select group of identified ivory carvings by the artist. Other examples include the Risen Christ formerly in the collection of the King of Portugal and an ivory crucifix initialled F.T.F. held in private hands in Treviso until 1906 but the whereabouts of which are now unknown. The pathos of Christ's expression and the realism of his agony within this crucifix could only have been realised by a true master of his medium.
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Francesco Terilli (Italian, active 1596-1633) A carved ivory and tortoiseshell crucifix on gilt metal mounted tortoiseshell base circa 1600
Francesco Terilli (Italian, active 1596-1633) A carved ivory and tortoiseshell crucifix on gilt metal mounted tortoiseshell base circa 1600
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