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French ivory Vanitas with skull - 19th Century
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French ivory Vanitas with skull - 19th Century

"Memento Mori" Vanitas represented by an elephant ivory female bust (Loxodonta africana Blumenbach, 1797 or Elephas maximus Linnaeus, 1758) carved in full round with half of the face in the shape of a skull. A vanitas is a symbolic work of art showing the transience of life, the futility of pleasure, and the certainty of death. The skull was the symbol of death from the 1500s onwards; previously death was represented as a skeleton. Skulls were very popular in the Baroque period and were not only an essential part of any Wonderland Room (Wunderkammer), but also acted as contemplative reminders of mortality. Height x width 6.5 x 5.1 cm (carving), height x diameter 4 x 4 cm (base), total height 10.5 cm. Total weight 101.7 gr. Accompanied by Ce.S.Ar. Centro Studi Archeometrici certificate of authenticity (pre-1947).


This lot is available for sale only with shipments within the European Union

THE CITES ARTICLE 8 (3b) DEROGATIONThe article 8 (3b) derogation -Council Regulation (EC) No 338/97, the so-called "antique derogation”, and the article 62 -Council Regulation (EC) No 865/2006, allow to sell this kind of item (defined as pre-1947)within the European Union. Current legislation states thatif an item has been manufactured prior to June 1947 and has been significantly altered from its natural raw state for jewellery, adornment, art, utility or musical instrument before that date, a CITES certificate is not required (therefore only for material that has been “worked” before 1947, and has been transformed from its natural state by human craft)

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