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Antique Pair French Silver plated fighting cockerels C 1880

antique silver birds | French silver plated cockerels | Ref. no. 07898 Sold

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This pair of French silver plated cockerels are remarkable for their lifelike representation. Dating from around 1880 the hand-chased feather decoration is truly exquisite.

Sculpted in extremely realistic aggressive and dynamic fighting poses with each one ready to attack, there is no doubt that the artist was fully conversant with the behaviour and habits of cockerels and cockfighting. Combined with the superb hand-chased feather detail, this fine pair of antique silver birds are a remarkable work of art.

The quality and finesse of the workmanship on these two French silver plated cockerels cannot be over stressed. They are in superb condition as can be seen from the images. Please take a few moments to confirm this fact for yourself by browsing the photos of these lovely antique silver birds.

These antique silver birds are probably modelled after birds that were bred for cockfighting, a spectator sport that goes back thousands of years. Cocks have congenital aggression to other males of their species and are specially bred for fighting. These cocks (or roosters), more properly known as gamecocks, are conditioned for increased strength and stamina. Cockfighting is a blood sport due to the physical damage cocks can inflict on each other during a fight and the sport is banned in many countries. England banned cock fighting in 1835 with Scotland following suit in 1895. It is legal in some parts of the world, although it is increasingly regulated.

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Dimensions in cm:

Height 20 x Width 16 x Depth 17 - 1

Height 26 x Width 19 x Depth 15 - 2

Dimensions in inches:

Height 8 inches x Width 6 inches x Depth 7 inches - 1

Height 10 inches x Width 7 inches x Depth 6 inches - 2

Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)

was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.

While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.

Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.

The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).


is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.

The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.

It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.

Our reference: 07898