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    Sale 7561

    Simon Sainsbury The Creation of an English Arcadia

    18 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 230

    A PAIR OF WILLIAM III POLYCHROME DECORATED DUMMY BOARDS

    LATE 17TH EARLY 18TH CENTURY

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    A PAIR OF WILLIAM III POLYCHROME DECORATED DUMMY BOARDS
    LATE 17TH EARLY 18TH CENTURY
    Modelled as seated lions, minor wear
    Each 28½ in. (72.5 cm.) high (2)


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    Dummy boards, in the form of soldiers, servants, children and animals, have been used to deceive and amuse since the early 17th Century. Their popularity seems to have been promoted by the painter Cornelius Bisschop (b.1630) and an illustration of a male figure that appeared in the Compleat Gamester in 1674. As early as 1545 the Italian architect Serlio had recommended the use of statues painted on cut-out board for use on the stage and also referred to the practice of depicting living creatures. Many figures of dogs and cats were produced, while the Victoria and Albert Museum has a figure of a pig. A life-size painted lion, perhaps from a circus or pleasure ground, is also known to exist in a private collection (Clare Graham, Dummy Boards and Chimney Boards, Haverfordwest, 1988).

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    Provenance

    Acquired from Christopher Gibbs, 18 October 1976.