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A Pair of Napoleon III Period Gilt-Bronze Figural Groups

FRANCE, Circa 1860

REF No. B74592

dimensions

Height :35 cm | 13.78 in
Width :35 cm | 13.78 in
Depth :26 cm | 10¹/₄ in

description

A Pair of Napoleon III Period Gilt-Bronze Figural Groups, Allegorical of Hunting and Fishing.

Two finely cast gilt-bronze allegorical figural groups. The first representing Hunting, with a two running figures, one holding a spear and another blowing a horn and holding their captured prey; the second represents Fishing, two figures fishing, one holding a large net and the other kneeling down to hold a fish.

This fine pair of gilt-bronze figures are similar to the pair purchased by King George IV in 1827. The pair (which are still in the Royal Collection; RCIN 35822), one of which an allegory of Sculpture and the other of Painting, are raised on a boulle marquetry base. They are displayed in the King’s Drawing Room at Windsor Castle, and were purchased from Thomas Hamlet for the price of £150.

Hamlet (1770 – 1853) was a significant London-based dealer in jewellery and decorative objects, with important clients such as King George IV, Prince Frederick Augustus, and their sisters, the Princesses Augusta, Elizabeth, Mary and Sophia. He had a premises at St Martin’s Court from about 1892, before moving to 1 Princes Street on the corner of Leicester Square. He died at his home on St James on 21 February 1853.

 

A Pair of Napoleon III Period Gilt-Bronze Figural Groups







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