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This collection of over 150 carved ivory objects was created by Dr John Grice, who worked in China between 1922 and 1956. The collection was purchased by Dr J G Graves for the City of Sheffield in the 1930s and was displayed in the Graves Art Gallery. It was originally seen as an educational resource for the many ivory carvers who worked in Sheffield’s metalwork trades.

’...the cutlery city of Sheffield; one of the very few places in the world today in which ivory carvers are in full time employment’

Preface to 1958 collection catalogue

The ivories, mostly made in the 1700s and 1800s, were often made as decorative pieces for European collectors. The collection includes calligraphy brush pots, decorative plaques and figures from history and myth that show the immense skill of the artists and craftsmen who made them. They have many stories to tell about Chinese culture and recent research into the collection has allowed us to fully understand their religious, social and historic context.

Show Objects
Name of ObjectSorted AscendingAccession NumberCollectionDate Made/FoundTimes Viewed
Figure2007.228 Ivories 1700s3385
Figure2007.229 Ivories 1600s3715
Figure2007.230 Ivories 1700s3054
Figure2007.231 Ivories around 14502568
Figure2007.232 Ivories 1500s-1600s2490
Figure2007.233 Ivories 4291
Figure2007.234 Ivories 2704
Figure2007.235 Ivories 2567
Figure2007.236 Ivories 2422
Figure2007.237 Ivories around 18501274
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