Description The statuette of this goddess of the sea was designed by the sculptor Marius-Jean-Antonin Mercié to be cast in silver as the centerpiece for a table of the Duke of Santonia in 1878. Subsequently, Christolf et Cie., a silver company, had several ivory statuettes carved by Emile-Philippe Scalliet based on Mercié's model. This example was exhibited at the Exposition Universelle held in Paris in 1900.
- Ivory: The Sumptuous Art. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1983-1984.
Provenance Exposition Universelle, Paris, 1900; Christofle & Cie., Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1900, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Inscription] behind straight leg: Ant. Mercie
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1900
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