"Subject In Carved Ivory, Child Dog And Snake Debut 19th Century."The third object which should have been presented under the nave of the Grand Palais if the dramatic circumstances had not canceled the Salon of the art object. It is an ivory sculpture from the 1st half of the 19th century inspired by the painting by artist Elisabeth Chaudet (1761/1832) presented at the Salon of French Artists in 1801. This painting, kept for a long time in the Musée du Luxembourg today in the Art and History Museum of the city of Rochefort, had considerable success in its time. Entitled "Sleeping Child Guarded by a Dog", it takes up an old theme. A hunter leaves his child in the care of his dog. When he returns he finds the dog full of blood, his sleeping child. He believes him dead and mistaking himself, kills the faithful dog with a gunshot. He then approaches and finds a snake that the dog killed to protect the baby. Understanding his error he repents but alas too late .... this edifying tale had throughout the 19th century a huge impact that we can not imagine today. Our ivory sculpture is an excellent illustration. Dating from the years 1820 or 1830 this sculpture is of high quality. The vigor that emerges from the fight between the dog and the snake, all in dramatic strength, is remarkable. The treatment of the dog's coat is a real piece of bravery. The expression of the frightened child is very well rendered. In a perfect state . Dimensions: height 7cm. Length: 9.5cm. Depth 5.5cm. A real sculpture in a rare material for a work of this size.