Two dummy boards of Soldiers or Guards

Two dummy boards of Soldiers or Guards

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Offered by Robert Schreuder Antiquair



Two dummy boards of Soldiers or Guards Two dummy boards of Soldiers or Guards Two dummy boards of Soldiers or Guards Two dummy boards of Soldiers or Guards Two dummy boards of Soldiers or Guards Two dummy boards of Soldiers or Guards Two dummy boards of Soldiers or Guards Two dummy boards of Soldiers or Guards Two dummy boards of Soldiers or Guards Two dummy boards of Soldiers or Guards

Two life-sized painted wooden soldiers or guards, with chamfered edges to increase the illusion of three-dimensions. On the backside an iron bracket is attached; the soldiers can stand freely by attaching a wooden rail into the bracket. Dummy boards were very popular during the 18th and early 19th centuries, especially in England's country houses. Their function is still a mystery. They certainly had a decorative function and could serve to entertain guests, but it is also claimed that they should call the suggestion that there were actually people in the house during the periods the family was traveling. The life-sized trompe l'oeil painted figures with representations of soldiers, servants, children or animals were placed in the hall, in a staircase or next to the fireplace. The equipment of these guards shows a mix of elements from the classical period, late Middle Ages and early Renaissance. For example, the halberd is based on a model from the late 15th or 16th century. A few small repairs to the boarders and renewed rails to allow the boards to stand upright. Respectively 180 and 187 cm high.

Origin
England
Period
circa 1800
Reference
160-208
Sizes
187 cm

Offered by

Robert Schreuder Antiquair

Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 48
1017 DG Amsterdam
The Netherlands

+31 624289550
http://www.robertschreuder.nl

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