Description: A Fine and Large Pair of English Carved Ivory Profile Portrait Plaques; Almost certainly depicting: William Alexander Archibald Douglas-Hamilton, 11th Duke of Hamilton and 8th Duke of Brandon (1811-1863) Marie Amelie Elizabeth Caroline of Baden (1817-1888); Married at Mannheim Palace, 1843; Attributed to Norbert Schrodl (1816 - 1890); Ivory and gilt brass, framed; Circa 1855 - 60; Anglo German
Location of Origin: England
Medium/Materials: Ivory, gilt brass
Dimensions: Size: 14.5cm high, 12cm wide, 3cm deep – 5¾ ins high, 4¾ ins wide, 1¼ ins deep
Primary Classification: Fine Art : Sculpture : Ivory
Expertise: Norbert Schrodl (1816-1890) - Austrian ivory-carver Norbert Schrödl worked in a number of centres including Dresden, Warsaw, Frankfurt and St Petersburg. He is best known for small portrait plaques, of which he made over a hundred.
During 1854 and 1855 he was in Paris, where he is known to have made a standing cup for the Emperor and another for the Empress (which she presented as a gift). On leaving Paris, Schrödl worked briefly in Britain where he undertook several commissions for the Duke of Hamilton, including a cup with a relief of Horses in the Steppes. The Duke’s wife, Princess Marie of Baden, became a Roman Catholic in 1855 and an ivory crucifixion group was also commissioned from Schrödl. As the daughter of Stephanie de Beauharnais, in turn the adopted daughter of Napoleon I, the Duchess was related to the French Emperor; her employment of Schrödl was probably on the recommendation of the Empress.
Provenance: Private European collection