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    Sale 12035

    Christie's Interiors

    6 April 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 249

    A VICTORIAN SILVERED-BRONZE FIGURE OF A GRENADIER GUARDSMAN

    AFTER THE MODEL BY GEORGE EDWARD WADE, LATE 19TH CENTURY, RETAILED BY H. LUPPENS & CIE, BRUSSELS

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    A VICTORIAN SILVERED-BRONZE FIGURE OF A GRENADIER GUARDSMAN
    AFTER THE MODEL BY GEORGE EDWARD WADE, LATE 19TH CENTURY, RETAILED BY H. LUPPENS & CIE, BRUSSELS
    Modelled standing in full uniform with the Royal Garter Insignia to his pack, on a square base incised 'G.E. Wade Sculp., GRENADIER Guard 1889', and 'H. Luppens & Cie', on a lacquered stepped base
    20 ½ in. (52 cm.) high overall


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    George Edward Wade (1853-1933) did not undergo formal training as an artist but was greatly influenced by the Crimean War veteran and art patron Sir Coutts Lindsay (1824-1913). By the mid 1880s Wade had turned towards sculpture as his preferred medium and first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1889 where he showed his bronze bust of Lieutenant-Colonel Myles Sandys, MP. His model of a guardsman was first produced in terracotta and a copy in bronze was purchased by Queen Victoria. Wade then produced a further one hundred copies for the Grenadier Guards. In 1891 he took over the studio of the late Sir Joseph Boehm and went on to create other military models and memorials, as well as sculptures of politicians and royalty.