An impressive and important Victorian silver Equestrian group of an Indian spearing a buffalo by Charles Federick Hancocks, London 1872, the bronze base with facsimile signature "R. Monti" and dated 1872
Lot 422
An impressive and important Victorian silver Equestrian group of an Indian spearing a buffalo by Charles Frederick Hancocks, London 1872, the bronze base with facsimile signature "R. Monti" and dated 1872
Sold for AU$ 144,000 (US$ 134,554) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
An impressive and important Victorian silver Equestrian group of an Indian spearing a buffalo
by Charles Frederick Hancocks, London 1872, the bronze base with facsimile signature "R. Monti" and dated 1872
depicting a Plains Indian wearing feathered headdress, pelt and buckskin trousers upon a stallion at full stride, spearing the charging buffalo in the shoulder, the bronze rectangular base applied with bushes, height 48cm, length 46cm, diameter 50cm.

Footnotes

  • Provenance:- Christie's New York, 27th October 1986, ex lot 490.

    Hancocks were awarded the gold medal at the Vienna Exposition of 1873. As the silver on this model bears the hallmark for 1872, it is likely that a version of this model was actually exhibited in Vienna.

    Raphael Monti (1818-1881) came to London in 1846, after studying under his father, Gaetano Monti and achieved considerable acclaim with the sculpture "The Veiled Vesal", this was commissioned by the Duke of Devonshire. Monti exhibited this equestrian group along 'veiled' Circassian slave" at the Great exhibition of 1851. But it was whilst he worked exclusively for Hancocks (1860's - 1870's) that he produced a number of important and testimonial groups. viz;- The Chesterfield Cup, Goodwood Races (1863), The Brighton Cup (1869), The Cup of Byron and the Equestrian centrepiece that Bonhams are offering for sale here in Australia.

    It is interesting to note that both Hancock and Monti appear in Disraeli's novel "Lothair", published in 1870, with Hancock as Mr Ruby and Monti mentioned by name. The opening of chapter 33

    "The Godwood Cup, my Lord: the Doncaster. This pair of flagons is for His Highness the Khedive, something quite new. Yes, parcel-gilt, the only style now; it gives relief to design; yes by Monti, a great man hardly inferior to Flaxman, if at all. Flaxman worked for Rundell bridge in the old days, one of the principal causes of their success......."
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