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    Sale 7561

    Simon Sainsbury The Creation of an English Arcadia

    18 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 261

    AN ENGLISH DELFT WHITE PORTRAIT BUST OF MATTHEW PRIOR

    CIRCA 1775

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    AN ENGLISH DELFT WHITE PORTRAIT BUST OF MATTHEW PRIOR
    CIRCA 1775
    After the model by Antoine Coysevox, half-turned to his left, in a loose cap, his shoulders draped on a waisted shaped rectangular base, chipping and flaking to cap, edge of drapery at front and restoration to base
    9 3/8 in. (23.8 cm.) high


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    Matthew Prior, a diplomat at the Court of Louis XIV and poet, died in 1721 and was buried in Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey. The tomb, designed by James Gibbs, incorporates Antoine Coysevox's bust of Prior presented by King Louis XIV.

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