Exceptionally fine, this relief carved ivory representation of the Holy Family with St. Francis and the angels arouses not only admiration, but also curiosity for a little-known luxury item.
Produced with virtuosity in ivory plaques applied to a lacquered wooden background, this bas-relief depicting the Holy Family is divided into two levels. The front is organized around the image of the Holy Family: the Virgin and Child in the foreground, lit by rays in gilded silver, the child standing, supported by his mother, who reaches out to Saint Francis and Saint Joseph behind them; Saint Francis kneeling before him, his head bowed, at his feet the cross, the skull, the crown of thorns and the whip. In this part the ivory relief is particularly thick, to the point that Saint Francis seems almost carved in the round. In the background, the angels, standing, showing the scene, and the cherubim in the clouds.
This magnificent composition is still preserved in its original frame, in carved wood and lacquered in black with chiseled bronze hook.
Its provenance, an old Roman house where it has remained intact until today, and the stylistic characteristics of the sculpture, confirm that it is a Roman Baroque production belonging to the second half of the 17th century.
Relief cm 26 x 20
Frame cm 39 x 33
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