Burgundy ivory sculptor
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C. Lacroix was a Burgundian sculptor, known for his intricately carved, ivory busts. C. Lacroix carved important figures such as nobleman and dukes. Little is known about C. Lacroix's life, except for his remarkable skill as a sculptor.
C. Lacroix is known to have used elephant ivory to create his bravura carvings. C. Lacroix work is exemplary of the common aesthetic in late 17th century portraiture. C. Lacroix was able to obtain a level of detail in ivory that is usually only found in bronze and marble pieces.
Bust of a Nobleman, ca. 1695-1700, France or Italy, elephant ivory; H. 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm)
Bust of a Nobleman (back view)
Bust of a Nobleman (side view)
Bust of a Nobleman (signature)
Attributed To C. Lacroix Bust of a gentleman (Duke Anton Ulrich of Brunswick?) 1680 7.1 x 0 in. / 18 x 0 cm.
Many of the figures C. Lacroix depicted are unidentifiable. In some cases art historians have made assumptions as to whom, the busts might represent but are not completely certain. This mystery adds to the excitement and allure of C. Lacroix's work.
Ivory pieces by C. Lacroix are in important museum collections, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, as well as private collections across Europe and the United States.
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