Reindeer Antiques Ltd

This month we are delighted to showcase some of our more decorative and unusual items.

We love the handsome pair of porcelain lions; they are highly decorative and a really good size.The lions date to the mid Nineteenth Century and were made in France.

The Grand Tour sculpture is after one of the most recognisable equestrian sculptures of the Renaissance period; the monumental Colleoni by Verrocchio. The original sculpture is on display in one of Venice's beautiful piazzas.

We will be open throughout the summer and if you are in London I hope you are able to visit. Alternatively please visit our website at www.reindeerantiques.co.uk

 

 

 

A pair of 19th Century porcelain lions.

A pair of 19th Century porcelain lions.

1850

Height: 13" (33")

Depth: 6.75" (17cm)

Width: 22" (55.75cm)

A pair of mid 19th Century French porcelain lions; beautifully modelled in recumbent poses and decorated with a tin glaze.

Ref: PJWA15

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A Grand Tour sculpture after Verrocchio.

A Grand Tour sculpture after Verrocchio.

1860

Height: 18.5" (47cm)

Depth: 7" (17.75cm)

Width: 16" (40.75cm)

A mid Nineteenth Century Grand Tour bronze equestrian sculpture of Colleoni after the original by Verrocchio.

Ref: 2370

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A Regency penwork picture.

A Regency penwork picture.

1810

Height: 16.25" (41.25cm)

Width: 20" (51cm)

A charming Regency period penwork picture of a ruined castle in the midst of a lake surrounded by a border of flowers.

Ref: PJWA13

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A Royal Doulton owl.

A Royal Doulton owl.

1925

Height: 19" (48.25cm)

Depth: 6.75" (17cm)

Width: 6.75" (17cm)

A large Royal Doulton terracota owl designed by Francis Pope.

Doulton & Co. was established in 1854 by Henry Doulton (1820-1897) in the traditionally stoneware manufacturing area of Lambeth, London. After reluctantly agreeing to collaborate with the nearbly Lambeth School Of Art on a range of decorative ceramics he rapidly saw the benefits of a serious interest in the history of ceramics and in developing an artistic range of wares. The earliest products of this collaboration were shown with great success at the international exhibition, Paris in 1867. By the 1880s Doulton were producing not only exhibition quality stonewares and ceramics for the home, but also architectural works on an increasingly large scale. The Doulton fountain in Glasgow, built to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee of 1887 is the largest of its kind in the world and utilises cast and moulded terracotta sections in two colours, in order to provide a contrast between the figural groups and their architectural surroundings.

Francis Pope was one of the School of Art students employed in Doulton's studio and worked with the company until his premature death in 1825. Although gaining popularity initially through his Art Nouveau and Modernisme designs in the early 1900s, Pope was among the finest of Doulton's sculptors to respond to the shifting tastes of the 1920s. His later products, such as this owl, subtly melded neo-Gothic influences such as Violet-le-Duc's restorations to the cathedral of Notre-Dame, Paris and Alfred Waterhouse's Natural History Museum, London, with the austere and architectonic  motifs of the high Art Deco period. The unglazed terracotta figure of an owl under discussion here was probably commissioned as part of the company's efforts to compete with the 1925 Paris exhibition, as the world's focus turned increasingly to France for the best in contemporary design. The owl was produced as part of a wider series of highly stylised animal statuary designed to decorate exterior settings in the Art Deco taste. Their unadorned, stone-like material, crispness of design, and rampant poses are imbued with a sense of aesthetic formality, and their deeply moulded cubic contours were intended to create a dramatic interplay of light and shade across their surfaces. This owl offers a particularly good perspective on Pope's later avant-garde style and stands out as one of the most successful of his designs for the bestiary series.

Ref: JB26



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