• NameJacob Dobbermann
  • Activity/Titlesculptor, träsnidare
  • Sexmale
  • Variant namesJacob Dobbermann
  • Nationality/DatesPolish, born 1682, dead 1745-05-14
  • PlacesPlace of birth: Gdansk, Polen
    Place of death: Kassel, Germany
    Place of activity: Germany
Biography(b Danzig [now Gdansk], 1682; d Kassel, bur 14 May 1745). Polish amber- and ivory-carver, active in Germany. He almost certainly came from a family of amber-carvers in Danzig; he was probably in London in 1711, but from 1716 until his death he worked at the court of Kassel with the title Bernstein- und Helffenbeinarbeiter, producing small-scale pieces for Charles Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel and later for his son William VIII. By the time of his death he had been appointed Hofkünstler in Bernstein. Two of his surviving ambers are in the Hessisches Landesmuseum in Kassel: a figure of Cleopatra and a group of Time and Opportunity (both c . 1725). His known works in ivory include a relief, Homage to Venus , and two statuettes representing Frederick William, Elector of Brandenburg , and Henry IV of France (all London, V&A), a figure of the Virgin (c . 1720–30; Kassel, Hess. Landesmus.) and one probably representing Jean-François Paul de Gondi, Cardinal of Retz (before c . 1740; Germany, Reiner Winkler priv. col.). Many of his works are based on engraved sources by Jan Muller and Simon Thomassin, and his style seems to have been inspired primarily by Netherlandish prototypes.