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What is Ivorex?

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Ivorex is a type of plaque made between 1899 and 1965 by Arthur Osborne. Osborne crafted scenes from around the world in clay. Gelatine molds were then produced from these clay masterpieces. Plaster of Paris was poured into the molds to make the plaques.

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Once the plaques were removed from the molds, they were painted by young women. They were then dipped in hot paraffin wax to give them an ivory-like finish. Some Ivorex plaques were placed in black lacquer frames. Cathedrals, churches, famous places and famous people were the subjects of Ivorex plaques. Many were sold as tourist souvenirs.

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