(Karl) Gustave Garbe
Born 3 February 1850
Died 28 January 1919
Active: 1880 - 1930
Country of birth and death: Germany
Ivory, horn, tortoiseshell and hard wood carver
Born in Prussia, died in London. Gustave and his wife, Elizabeth Christiane Ida Grumbt (1849-1930) arrived in England in the 1860s because of Prussian 'sabre rattling'. They had nine sons and four daughters of whom: Karl Walter (2/12/1874-26/11/1956); twins Richard Louis Garbe RA (1876-1957) and Franz Paul (26/10/1876-7/4/1954); and Louis Gilbert (3/2/1879-16/6/1956) were all trained as ivory and hardwood workers.
During the First World War the Garbes were classified in the least dangerous category of German extraction. However, some members of the family experienced a certain hostility despite Gustave and his wife having settled in Britain to dissociate themselves from German politics. Only Louis Gilbert served in the army.
This entry includes information supplied by Richard Garbe's great-nephew, Tony Neale.
Institutional and Business Connections
Traded as Gustave Garbe
1880 - 1919
For names and birth dates of sons involved in the business see Gustave's personal record
Personal and Professional Connections
Mother/father/parent of Richard Louis Garbe
Descriptions of Practice
Occupation given in Census Returns of England and Wales, 1881
'Ivory Turner emp[loying] 1 Man 1 Boy'
Occupation given in Census Returns of England and Wales, 1891
'Ivory Tortishell (sic) Worker, Bone' also Walter (born c.1875), Richard and Paul (both born 1876) all 'Ivory & Hard-wood worker/ Bone'
Occupation given in Census Returns of England and Wales, 1901
'Fancy Wood Turner' employer, Paul (born 1876) also 'Fancy Wood Turner', Richard Garbe (born 1876) 'Sculptor', Louis (born c.1880) 'Die Sinker'
Occupation given in Census Returns of England and Wales, 1911
'Ivory, Horn & Hardwood Turner' employer, his son, Louis (born c.1880) 'Die Sinker'
Census Returns of England and Wales, 1881
Class: RG11; Piece: 298; Folio: 84; Page: 44; Line: ; GSU roll: 1341064.
Census Returns of England and Wales, 1891
Class: RG12; Piece: 193; Folio 25; Page 41; GSU roll: 6095303.
Census Returns of England and Wales, 1901
Class: RG13; Piece: 222; Folio: 132; Page: 3.
Census Returns of England and Wales, 1911
RG14PN9936 RG78PN523 RD191 SD4 ED3 SN301
Citing this record
'(Karl) Gustave Garbe', Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951, University of Glasgow History of Art and HATII, online database 2011 [http://sculpture.gla.ac.uk/view/person.php?id=ann_1234292056, accessed 23 Mar 2017]