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    Sale 7816

    Le Grand Goût - A Private European Collection

    17 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 22

    A FRENCH ORMOLU AND PATINATED BRONZE GROUP

    THE BRONZE LATE 18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY, THE ORMOLU CIRCA 1820-40, IN THE MANNER OF MARTIN FRERES

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    A FRENCH ORMOLU AND PATINATED BRONZE GROUP
    THE BRONZE LATE 18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY, THE ORMOLU CIRCA 1820-40, IN THE MANNER OF MARTIN FRERES
    Depicting two draped standing chinamen fighting on a naturalistic rockwork square-shaped plinth, above a pierced ormolu base
    13¼ in. (34 cm.) high; 12¼ in. (31 cm.) wide; 10½ in. (27 cm.) deep


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    This group consists of two Chinamen fighting and relates to the mid-18th Century oeuvre of the Martin brothers, the specialised lacquerers, who embellished similar figures with chinoiserie lacquered decoration. They were granted with a Royal patent protecting their vernis technique, and in 1744 their wares were described as 'en relief dans le goüt du Japon et de la Chine'. In 18th Century sale catalogues their names are specifically mentioned, although there were undoubtedly other specialised vernisseurs working in this technique as well.

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    Provenance

    Acquired from Partridge, London.