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Ivories and Narwhal Tusks at Rosenborg Castle

Catalogue of Carved and Turned Ivories and Narwhal Tusks in the Royal Danish Collection 1600–1875

Translated by James Manley
This extraordinary two-volume catalog presents five hundred objects made of ivory and narwhal tusk from the Royal Danish Collection at Copenhagen’s Rosenborg Castle. Jørgen Hein showcases and explains a remarkable range of carved and turned works, including small-scale statues, reliefs, drinkware, and decor, from Denmark, Europe, and beyond. Ivories and Narwhal Tusks at Rosenberg Castle, the first major presentation of this impressive collection, includes more than seven hundred high-quality photographs.

780 pages | 2 volumes, 700 color plates, 5 maps | 9 3/4 x 11 1/4 | © 2018

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"[A] magnificent catalogue, the fruit of Jørgen Hein’s immense expertise, crowning decades of close study of these works of art from the Danish Royal Collection. . . . Hein’s study is thus not only art-historical but historically meticulous: he gives informative, authoritative and at the same time highly entertaining biographies . . . . The detailed catalogue entries are clearly and sensitively written, and to this reviewer’s mind the attributions cannot be faulted. There is a full bibliography and helpful indexes of subjects and artists. The production values are exceptionally high, with first-rate illustrations, including more than one view of the more important objects, as well as illustrations of comparative pieces in collections elsewhere. The English translation of Hein’s Danish text is fluent, indeed flawless. . . . Jørgen Hein’s beautiful and scholarly book crowns what is already an impressive output across Europe."

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