About This Artwork

Peter Hencke
German, active by 1743 - 1777

Saint John of Nepomuk, c. 1750

Ivory
H. 27.9 cm (11 in.); H. (including base) 49.5 cm (19 1/2 in.)
Inscribed: PETER . HENCKE . SP .

Richard T. Crane, Jr. Memorial Endowment, 1959.496

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Publication History

Vier Generaties Nystad, 1862–1962 (Lochem and The Hague, 1962), n.p., ill.

Eugen von Philippovich, "Peter Hencke, der Monogrammist JPH und PH" in Mainz und der Mittelrhein in der europäischen Kunstgeschichte. Studien für Fritz Volbach zur seinem 70. Geburtstag, Forschungen zur Kunstgeschichte und christlichen Archäologie 6 (1966), pp. 681-82, figs. 434-35.

Christian Theuerkauff, Elfenbein. Sammlung Reiner Winkler (Munich, 1984), pp. 58-59, under no. 25.

Ian Wardropper and Lynn Springer Roberts, European Decorative Arts in The Art Institute of Chicago, (Chicago, 1991), pp. 49,50,53 (ill.).

Malcolm Baker, "Francis van Bossuit, Böttger Stoneware and the 'Judith' Reliefs" in Skulptur in Süddeutschland 1400-1700. Festschrift für Alfred Schädler, ed. Rainer Kahsnitz and Peter Volk (Munich and Berlin, 1998), p. 287.

Claude Ferment, Les Statuettes d’ivoire en Europe du moyen age au XIXe siècle (Liège, 2000), pp. 194-95, fig. XI.8.

Marjorie Trusted, Victoria and Albert Museum. Baroque and later Ivories (London, 2013), p. 90, under no. 71.

Ownership History

W.C. Smidt van Gelder, Aerdenhout, The Netherlands, by 1959 [according to Nijstad invoice in curatorial file]; sold to Nijstad Antiquairs, The Hague, in August 1959 [according to invoice cited above]; sold by Nijstad to the Art Institute, 1959.




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