Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill Collection
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Carved Cravat

Strawberry Hill ID: sh-000041
c. 1690
Gibbons, Grinling, attributed to (English woodcarver and sculptor, 1648-1721)

Decorative Object
Limewood, with raised and openwork carving
24.1 x 20.9 x 5.1 cm
Victoria and Albert Museum. Given by The Hon. Mrs Walter Levy. W.181:11928.

Strawberry Hill History

Location: Tribune [Cabinet]

1774 Description: In the other glass case:A point cravat carved by Gibbons. (91)

1784 Description: A point cravat carved by Gibbons; a present from Mr. Grosvenor Bedford. (62)

Sale Text: A curious specimen of carving on wood, by the celebrated Gibbons, representing a point lace cravat. A present from Mr. Grosvenor Bedford.

Object History

Provenance: By 1769, given to Horace Walpole by Grosvenor Bedford; 1842, Strawberry Hill Sale, day 15, lot 99 bt Miss Burdett Coutts, 9.9.0; 1922, May 11, Christie's, Collection of the late Baroness Burdett-Coutts, lot 345a, bt Read, 26.5 ; 1928, Victoria and Albert Museum, Given by the Hon. Mrs. Walter Levy.

Exhibition History: "Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill." Orleans House Gallery. Twickenham, England. 9/20/1980-12/7/1980. No.142.
"Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill," Yale Center for British Art, 15 October 2009 - 3 January 2010; Victoria and Albert Museum, 5 March 2010 - 4 July 2010, no. 167.

Bibliography: Anecdotes III, 85
HW Corres 10:278, 43:136
David Green, Grinling Gibbons: His Work as Carver and Statuary 1648-1721 (London: Country Life, 1964), 52, pl. 50.
OHG 142
Clive Wainwright. The Romantic Interior. The British Collector at Home 1750-1850 (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1989), 101, fig. 83.
Trevor Brighton, "Samuel Watson, Not Grinling Gibbons at Chatsworth" Burlington Magazine 140, 1149 (Dec. 1998): 811-818.