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    Sale 5444

    Town & Country Perspectives - The Charles Plante Collection

    4 June 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 502

    A PAIR OF OVAL COMPOSITION PASTE PLAQUES

    ATTRIBUTED TO JAMES TASSIE, LATE 18TH CENTURY

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    A PAIR OF OVAL COMPOSITION PASTE PLAQUES
    Attributed to James Tassie, late 18th Century
    Depicting the seated figures of an athlete and a philosopher in oval ebonised frames, the paper applied to the reverse of the frames each inscribed 'Christie's De La Rue's sale, October 22nd 1866, lot 502'
    4¾ in. (12 cm.) high (2)


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    James Tassie (d.1799) was an entrepreneur artist, sculptor and impression-maker. His greatest success was in copying antique gems in a vitreous paste that became his basic working material after he moved to London in 1766. He made an annual tour of Scotland, making portraits as he went.

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    Provenance

    Christie's London, Contents of the Mansion from the late Thomas De La Rue, 22 October 1866, lot 502.