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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
Brush holder2007.322 Ivories 1800s3294
Box2007.348 Ivories 1800s4264
Opium pipe2007.363 Ivories 1800s902
Figure2007.237 Ivories around 1850890
Figure2007.219 Ivories around 18501613
Figure2007.218 Ivories around 18501694
Brush holder2007.321 Ivories Around 18623405
Box2007.339 Ivories Around 187548283
Box2007.341 Ivories Around 187530128
Table screen2007.305 Ivories Around 18771586
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