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A SET OF FOUR GERMAN PARCEL-GILT STATUETTES

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A SET OF FOUR GERMAN PARCEL-GILT STATUETTES

HANAU, LATE 19TH CENTURY

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A SET OF FOUR GERMAN PARCEL-GILT STATUETTES Hanau, late 19th Century Formed as Vulcan with his hammer, Venus with Cupid and holding a mirror, Juno with her peacock, and Jupiter with the eagle, each on varying octagonal plinth chased with fluting and scalework, with applied strapwork to simulate jewels and caryatid scroll brackets, marked on bases 6¼ in. (16 cm.) to 6¾ in. (17 cm.) high Weight 36 oz. (1,150 gr.) (4)
Provenance
Sir Julius Wernher, 1st Bt. (1850-1912), Luton Hoo, Bedforshire, in the Library, whom bequeathed, with a life interest to his widow, Alice, Lady Wernher, subsequently Lady Ludlow (1862-1945), to their son
Sir Harold Wernher, 3rd Bt., G.C.V.O. (1893-1973), Luton Hoo, Bedfordshire, and by descent.
Literature
1913 Luton Hoo Inventory, p. 20, no. 77 (the set of four), in the Library.
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These statuettes appear to be based on late-seventeenth-century Augsburg, larger originals. Compare for example three statuettes of Hercules, Omphale and Venus by Abraham Drentwett II, Augsburg, circa 1695-1700 (L. Seelig, Silber und Gold, Augsburger Goldschmiedekunst Für die Höfe Europas, Munich, 1994, p. 232, figs. 46.1-46.3.).

A pair of statuettes of Minerva and Jupiter also by Abraham Drentwett II, 1700-1705, are similar in size to the present examples and are in the Gilbert Collection at Somerset House, London (T. Schroder, The Gilbert Collection of Gold and Silver, Los Angeles, 1988, pp. 573-575, no. 155).

Schroder, quoting Hernmarck, notes that such figures were often made as mounts for elaborate furniture, but, given their bases, it seems more likely that they were envisioned as independent sculptures (loc. cit.).

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