17th century, attributed to Adam Lenkhardt
Ivory, fully sculpted.
On an octagonal wooden base stands the goddess Venus, dressed only in a loincloth, looking down lovingly on the Armor boy who, smiling triumphantly, hands her the Apple of Paris.
This high-quality small sculpture is traditionally attributed to Adam Lenkhardt (Würzburg 1610—1661 Vienna), one of the important representatives of Baroque ivory carving.
After apprenticing under his father, Nikolaus Lenkhardt, Adam travelled through Italy and settled in Vienna in 1638, where he advanced to become the chamber sculptor to Prince Karl Eusebius of Liechtenstein from 1642 to 1660. He created very high-quality small sculptures with both profane and sacred motifs.
Height 31,5 cm.