Antique Silvered Bronze Hunting Dogs by Elkington 19th Century
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This English silver plated bronze centrepiece depicting two hunting dogs dates from the 19th century is stamped with the name of the famous silversmith Elkington.
This lovely antique bronze dog sculpture by Elkington depicts a pair of good-sized bloodhounds on the trail of prey. One has his snout to the ground sniffing a trail with his tail up, the other has his head up as if catching the scent in the air. The level of detailing is fantastic and really brings the dogs to life.
Bloodhounds were originally bred for hunting deer, wild board and also for tracking people. The breed is renowned for its ability to discern human scent over great distances and even days later. This fabulous sense of smell is combined with a strong and tenacious tracking instinct and these qualities make it the favoured dog breed of police and law enforcement all over the world. This lovely antique bronze dog sculpture by Elkington shows these traits of the breed particularly well.
Elkington & Co was founded by two brothers George and Henry in the 1830s. The firm was very successful and became a prime producer of silver plating. They received various royal warrants and appointments and one of their most famous pieces, an electrotype copy of the Jerningham Wine Cooler is displayed at the Victoria & Albert museum.
This fantastic antique bronze dog sculpture by Elkington is in excellent condition as can be seen from the photos. Please do take a few moments to look at these and confirm the condition of this fabulous piece for yourself.
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Dimensions in cm:
Height 16 x Width 24 x Depth 17
Dimensions in inches:
Height 6 inches x Width 9 inches x Depth 7 inches
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: 09299
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