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A GEORGE III ELM DUMMY-BOARD PAINTED AS A GENTLEMAN
A GEORGE III ELM DUMMY-BOARD PAINTED AS A GENTLEMAN

LATE 18TH CENTURY

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A GEORGE III ELM DUMMY-BOARD PAINTED AS A GENTLEMAN
LATE 18TH CENTURY
Depicted smoking a pipe in a brown tunic, partially seated, fixed tripod-bracket to the reverse
59½ in. (152 cm.) high
Literature
C. Hussey, 'Avenue House, Ampthill, Bedfordshire, The Residence of Prof. A.E. Richardson, F.S.A., F.R.I.B.A.', Country Life, 8 December 1934, p. 617, illustrated in The Entrance Hall.
S. Houfe, Sir Albert Richardson, The Professor, Luton, 1980, p. 70.

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The earliest dummy boards are thought to date from the early 17th century and the earliest known record of one comes in the form of a Flemish Sketch of 1615 by Anthonio de Succa. Initially these decorative boards experienced a vogue in the Low Countries, with their popularity in England being established later and outlasting that of their European counterparts.

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