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Charity: M.12-1943

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Ivory carved in relief, and mounted under glass in an oval gilt frame. The figure of Charity faces left and stands in classical contraposto. She holds a naked child on her left arm and looks at it. Another naked child, in front of her at her feet, tries to clamber up. The head of a third child appears from behind her. She wears a robe caught around her, leaving her bust and shoulders bare.


History note: Possibly Sotheby's, 14th March 1906, Catherine, Countess of Pambroke (?), lot 132, see label on the back.

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Given by Mrs Sigismund Goetze

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5 3/4 in
2¼ in without frame

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1943) by Goetze, Constance, Mrs


18th century
Circa 1700 CE - Circa 1800 CE

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of ivory

Techniques used in production

Carving : Ivory carving

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.12-1943
Primary reference Number: 31812
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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