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Glazed earthenware ('pearlware') group; press-moulded; symbolic of the French Revolution; to the right is a male figure in a tunic and sandals standing on a mound covered with broken columns and a chain (probably allegorical of the Storming of the Bastille), his right hand supported by one of the pieces of masonry; in his right hand he holds out a sword and in his left supports an oval shield with three fleurs de lys in relief; at the left is a female figure in classical dress standing on a piece of stone; her left arm is bent and over her right hand is a bonnet of Liberty resting against an obelisk in the centre of the group; there are clasped hands in relief on the support of the obelisk.
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Height: 35.90 centimetres
Width: 17.60 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- A similar figure held at Temple Newsam House, Leeds, given by Lord Airedale (a noted collector of Leeds and other pottery) in 1942. Possibly of French manufacture, representing a triumphalist republican allegory with male figure intended as Louis XIV who was forced to wear the cap of Liberty in 1792. (information from James Lomax, March 2017)
- On display (G46/dc18)
- sword restored; bow missing; firecrack to left elbow.
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- Associated Event: French Revolution
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- Acquisition notes
- label printed in black inside base DRURY & DRURY/40 Eaton Terrace, SW1/Guaranteed Genuine/Minor Restoration/only; inscribed in black ballpoint with a price code 6778/ R/DC-/-
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