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Oval Box with Hinged Lid by Lebrecht Wilhelm Schulz, circa 1825

Maker(s):  Lebrecht Wilhelm Schulz (1774-1864)
Date: circa 1825
Materials/Techniques:    Ivory and gilt-metal liner
Dimensions: h 3.25 "
w 5.5 "
d 5.25 "

Origin: German
Inventory #: 348
8.3 x 14 x 13.3 cm


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L.W. Schulz was a talented carver working in both ivory and horn, sometimes combining the two materials in creating various types of objects - tankards, chalices, candlesticks - often with religious subject matter in a romanticized Gothic Revival style typical of the first half of the 19th century. He often signed his work, sometimes including a date. This box, which is carved with a scene on the cover depicting The Flight into Egypt with architectural gothic tracery around the sides, is very much in the idiosyncratic style that distinguishes the work of Schulz from many of the renaissance revival ivories that pervaded the decorative arts from the second quarter of the 19th century onwards. There are several pieces by Schulz in the Kunstgewerbemuseum in Berlin, Germany, that are illustrated and discussed by Mu╠łndt, op.cit. Those date from the 1820's and 1830's, some with even the identical hardware to this box, and are carved in a similar "historismus" style with Christian themes and display, as with this box, the greatest attention to every last detail that Schulz evidently took such great pleasure in.

COMPARATIVE LITERATURE; BarabaraMu╠łndt,Historismus,KunsthhandwerkundIndustrieimZeitalterder Weltausstellungen,1973/1983,cat.nos.53,219,220&C221.