Quality speaks......this rare and exceptionally modelled wax profile of a Georgian gentleman was produced in England during the 19th century, in the year 1817. The wax portrait was modelled in this flesh toned wax by Thomas R. Poole who was active during the late 18th/early 19th century. T. R. Poole was an accomplished wax modeller who worked in South Lambeth, London; he was appointed medallion modeller to His Royal Highness The Prince Of Wales.
Just study the details, in particular the sitter's ear, is that not the perfect ear!! The portrait depicts a handsome middle aged gentleman, facing left, dressed in ecclesiastical robes. We adore his very fashionable swept forward hair, of course made fashionable by the then prince Regent, soon to be George IV. This eminent man of the cloth would appear to have a high profile standing. The portrait is signed by the artist to the truncation reading ‘Published 1st of January 1817, by T. R. Poole, So Lambeth.’
The wax profile is attached to its original black glass back plate, set in a gilt sand slip, housed behind old glass in its original oval fruitwood frame. To the reverse backing board we find an old label reading ‘Unknown man By T. R. Poole, Mary Bate Loan 36.’ The piece is from the collection of Mary and Philip Bate. The couple were major collectors of 18th and early 19th century wax portraits. They began collecting wax works during the early years of the 20th century, they produced papers on the subject, a selection from their collection is held in the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Reference: Museum number: A.34-1970 and Museum number: A.35-1970 in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s online collection.
Measuring: Width 4 7/8 inch (12.5 cm) by height 6 1/8 inch (15.5 cm). Aperture width 3.75 inch (9.5 cm) by height 4.75 inch (12 cm).
Condition: A very old restoration to the nose and a small chip to the bottom right of the truncation -seen in image. Some minor surface chips to fruitwood frame, a few old filled non active wormholes to the edge, all commensurate with age.
This is a unique opportunity to own a quality early 19th century wax portrait from the collection of one of the most important collectors of such works. The profile will display excellently in any setting, we like to display wax portraits in a group, they also work well with portrait miniatures.
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Wax Portrait Profile By T R Poole, Georgian Ecclesiastical Gentleman 1817 Provenance Mary Bate
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