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Ivories

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 ObjectAccession NumberCollectionSorted AscendingDate Made/FoundTimes Viewed
Plaque and stand2007.280 Ivories 1736-17951175
Plaque with stand2007.283 Ivories 1736-17951160
Figure2007.224 Ivories 1800s4038
Figure2007.225 Ivories 1800s3747
Figure2007.227 Ivories 1800s3607
Figure2007.238 Ivories 1800s956
Vase2007.263 Ivories 1800s3681
Vase2007.265 Ivories 1800s3800
Landscape in a basin2007.267 Ivories 1800-1900953
Carving with stand2007.281 Ivories 1800s1096
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