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Dagger and Sheath

French (?)
about 1850
Manner of Félicie de Fauveau (French, 1801–1886)


Object Place: Europe, France

Dimensions

Overall: 6.4 x 56 cm (2 1/2 x 22 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

1997.4.1-2

Medium or Technique

Silvered and gilded bronze, etched steel

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Metalwork

The cast and chased bronze silvered and partly gilt. In a historicist style, in the manner of Felicie de Fauveau (1801-1886), the hilt with cast figures of Othello and Desdemona, the sheath with a low relief of Desdemona in prayer. The whole richly decorated with grotesques and strapwork, partly gilt. The blade etched with Mannerist decoration.


The dramatic scene on the hilt of this dagger is taken from Shakespeare’s Othello. The subject matter and decoration are typical of the mid-nineteenth century Troubadour style, which looked to romantic, literary, and historical sources for inspiration and drew heavily upon medieval and Renaissance ornament. Félicie de Fauveau specialized in sculpture and decorative objects-including such daggers as this one-which she produced in her studio in Florence, Italy.

Markings

No marks or inscriptions.

Provenance

By 1997, with Galerie Elstir, Paris, France; 1997, sold by Galerie Elstir and bought by the MFA in memory of John F. Paramino, and through the Helen and Alice Colburn Fund. (Accession date: January 22, 1997)

Credit Line

Elizabeth Marie Paramino Fund in memory of John F. Paramino, Boston Sculptor and Helen and Alice Colburn Fund