Wood and bone Simon Troger type peasants, c.1840. Simon Troger was an Austrian ivory and wood carver from the first half of the 18th century, whose works depicting Tyrolean peasants launched a tradition in the region of creating tragic beggars and cripples, that stand 5 or 6 inches tall, to amuse and astonish the travelers that made it that far into the Alps, and could afford these works, that could take up to a year or more to create. Simon Troger only made a small handful of works himself, and mostly those ended up being princely gifts, but artisans and workers eventually created a small industry, that lasted until the late 19th century. The present group of 4 works offered in this lot, have been examined, and are not ivory, but animal bone, and wood. They were created around 1850. David Killen, Graduate Gemologist. Largest: 4"x 9.5". Smallest: 3"x 8.75".