German ivory carver
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Hercules and Anateus (with one of the Furies) before 1695, ivory The Thomson Collection: Art Gallery of Ontario.
Christoph Maucher was born in Schwäbisch, Gmünd, Germany in 1642. Maucher moved to Danzig, now Gdansk, Poland around 1670. Maucher worked as an artisan, specializing in ivory and amber carvings. Maucher stayed in Danzig until 1705, when protests guided by the various guilds forced him to relocate.
Hercules as the Conqueror of the Lernean Hydra and the Nemean Lion, before 1695, ivory (Inv. 726, aus der Kunstkammer), Bode-Museum Berlin
Hercules Overpowering the Hydra of Lerna and the Nemean Lion, (1682; Berlin, Skulpgal) is one of Maucher’s earliest known ivory carvings. In the sculpture, the figures are interlocked, displaying conflict and struggle.
John III Sobieski, King of Poland; late 17th century, ivory (Inv. 7808, aus der Kunstkammer), Bode-Museum, Berlin
Cimon and Pero, amber, Gdansk 1690 Collection: Kunstkammer Würth, Photographed at the Bode-Museum Berlin, 2007
Many of Maucher’s carvings are narrative, immortalizing mythological or imperial figures. Maucher often included a figure of power such as Hercules or the King of Poland.
Today, Maucher’s ivory carvings belong to museums and private collections around the world. Many of Maucher’s carvings belong to the Bode-Museum in Berlin, Germany.
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