Jean-Antoine Belleteste (1730- 1811 Dieppe, France)

French ivory sculptor

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Belleteste, Saint Therese d`Avila ivory carving. Second half of the 18th century. H. c. 8,5 cm.  Rouen. Musée Flaubert & d´Histoire de la Médicine.

Saint Therese d`Avila. Second half of the 18th century. H. c. 8,5 cm. Rouen. Musée Flaubert & d´Histoire de la Médicine.

Jean-Antoine Belleteste is one of the most famous ivory artists of Dieppe (France) of the 18th century. In addition to a workshop he owned a business (store) where he had sold curiosities of ivory, like case, tobacco boxes, crucifixes, statues of saints, figures and fans. His outstanding artistically talent has influenced many other contemporary ivory artists.

Belleteste, Madonna on the Crecent Moon ivory carving. H: 21,5 cm included base.

Madonna on the Crecent Moon. H: 21,5 cm included base.

 

Belleteste, Autumn: Bacchus ivory carving. C. 1764. H: 18,4 cm included base. Dieppe. Chateau-musée.

Autumn: Bacchus. C. 1764. H: 18,4 cm included base. Dieppe. Chateau-musée.

 

Belleteste, Chocolate-box for Queen Marie Antoinette of France ivory carving. Front cover. Diameter 7 cm.

Chocolate-box for Queen Marie Antoinette of France. Front cover. Diameter 7 cm.

 

Belleteste, Chocolate-box for Queen Marie Antoinette ivory carving. Bottem side. Diameter 7 cm.

Chocolate-box for Queen Marie Antoinette. Bottem side. Diameter 7 cm.

 

Belleteste, Side face. Chocolate-box for Queen Marie Antoinette of France.

Side face. Chocolate-box for Queen Marie Antoinette of France.

 

Belleteste, Side face ivory carving. Detail. Chocolate-box for Queen Marie Antoinette of France   with monogram “B” for Belleteste.

Side face. Detail. Chocolate-box for Queen Marie Antoinette of France with monogram “B” for Belleteste.

 

Belleteste, Mural ivory carving. Allegory. Attributed to Jean- Antoine Belleteste. Diameter without frame 6,5 cm.   with monogram “B” for Belleteste.

Mural. Allegory. Attributed to Jean- Antoine Belleteste. Diameter without frame 6,5 cm.

His most extensive works has been miniature- and micro-carvings. The art of micro-carving in ivory reached the height of its popularity and technical artistry in the late 18th century, practiced only by a small number of highly sculptors. The central theme of the micro-carving above is lovers on flowers. Such depictions of love and truth have been favoured presents for an engagement or a marriage.

 

Ivory carving, Belleteste, Mural. Temple of love.

Mural. Temple of love.

Jean-Antoine Belleteste is regarded as one of the leading French ivory carvers of the 18th century. His ivory-works are among the most costly in the world. Do you think you own a work by Jean-Antoine Belleteste? Contact us. We are the ivory experts on Jean- Antoine Belleteste.

 

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