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Lot 18

A pair of lead figures of Cupid and Psyche

early 20th century
each titled on base and now on earlier rare Blanchard terracotta pedestals, one with circular manufacturers' stamp inscribed Blanchard terra cotta London 1861 and the other with rectangular stamp inscribed terra cotta mark H Blanchard and Co, Blackfriars Rd London
Statue 96cm high, 149cm high overall

Condition Report Nice variegated patination a few very small areas of bruising and scratching of lead figures but overall nice antique condition with no major losses or damages; Pedestals with some areas of chipping mainly around top and base, also some chipping to swags of fruit mainly on end, one pedestal with 6in area of surface lamination of material; one pedestal with old firing cracks but not structural
Estimate: £8,000 - £10,000
Hammer price: £17,000
Bidding ended. Lot has been sold.

This rare pair of lead statues were almost certainly made from moulds taken from two 19th century French sculptures either originally in marble or bronze. Although popular in the 18th century lead was superseded by cast iron in the latter half of the 19th century before undergoing a revival in interest in the early 20th century when this pair were probably made, however they do not appear in any of the catalogues of the established lead producers of the time, such as H.Crowther and Son or J.P. White and as such are probably one off castings. Unusually, the two Blanchard pedestals, although identical have different Blanchard stamps. 

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