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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 NumberCollectionDate Made/FoundTimes Viewed
Brush holder2007.326 Ivories 1700s973
Brush holder2007.327 Ivories 977
Brush holder2007.328 Ivories 899
Brush holder2007.329 Ivories 915
Brush holder2007.331 Ivories 986
Brush holder2007.332 Ivories 961
Brush holder2007.333 Ivories 856
Brush holder2007.334 Ivories 889
Brush holder2007.335 Ivories 905
Brush holder2007.336 Ivories 886
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