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Tavern Group in the Manner of Carl Gutt (fl. 1880's), Circa 1890

Date: Circa 1890
Materials/Techniques:    Ivory, wood
Dimensions: h 11.25 "
w 9.5 "

Origin: Germany
Inventory #: 474


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The trend that began with the master Simon Troger (see cat. no. 6) in combining wood and ivory for small scale sculptural groups was revived in the second half of the 19th century. In keeping with the times, the subject matter changed from beggars to scenes from everyday life, such as tavern and courting scenes, very often in a historicist or romantic idiom, possibly derived from 17th century Dutch and Flemish paintings. One of the sculptors associated with this technique was Carl Gutt, who is discussed by PhiUppovich, op. dt. p. 276, who also illustrates on p. 278, fig. 231, a similar wood and ivory group from a private collection, depicting music-making figures dressed in 18th century costume (circa 1900).

Eugen von Philippovich, 
Elfenbein, Klinkhardt Sc Beirman, Munich, Band XVII, 1982.