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Circa 1730-50

Austria or Southern Germany 18th century (1700 - 1799)

Carved, gilded and polychromed poplar wood with brass, glass and textile fittings

Height: 140 cm (circa);

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Lee of Fareham, Arthur Hamilton (1st Viscount); bequest; 1947

About this work
These carved wooden footmen, dressed in livery and holding torches, were designed to illuminate a doorway. This use of carved figures is commonly associated with Venice, but these footmen display the type of playful charm often seen in the Baroque art and architecture of Austria and Southern Germany. Much of the original colour is lost and the gilding is perhaps modern. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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