An Unknown Man, ivory portrait

An Unknown Man, ivory portrait

An Unknown Man
Ivory portrait
France (probably Paris)
About 1680-1700
Ivory in a piqué case
Museum no. A.20-1938
Given by Dr W.L. Hildburgh FSA

Ivories were often displayed in glass cases. Sometimes they would have been treated as portable medallions with their own individual cases, as seen here. Piqué is a technique which used small rods of gold or silver to give a surface a spangled appearance.