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A PAIR OF OVAL COMPOSITION PASTE PLAQUES
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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)
Provenance
Christie's London, Contents of the Mansion from the late Thomas De La Rue, 22 October 1866, lot 502.
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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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