Rare Bronzes Commedia Dell~Arte after John Cheere


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  • $3,981 US Dollar

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Rare Bronzes Commedia Dell~Arte after John Cheere

Four utterly charming and rare gilded bronze sculptures of characters from commedia dell~arte, in the manner of John Cheere.
John Cheere (1709-1787) was first in partnership with his brother Sir Henry Cheere, but took over John Nost's yard and his moulds for lead figures in about 1739. Until his death in 1787 he was the leading producer of lead statuary as well as working in plaster. h:8.75 in x d:2 in x w:2 in
During the 18th century, masked balls took place in Arcadian settings of country houses or in London's Ranelagh and Vauxhall pleasure gardens. Immensely popular, they were attended by fashionable society, perhaps dressed in the costume of the commedia dell~arte, or the ladies could be dressed as milkmaids, fruit or flower girls. These four cabinet bronzes reflect just such characters and stand upon plinths copied from a design used for the lead garden statuary of this same period. English circa 1760.


  • H: 22cm (8.75in)
  • W: 5cm (2in)
  • D: 5cm (2in)


18th Century & Earlier

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Walpoles is an antiques business that has been established for more than 35 years with an extensive stock which can be divided into three broad themes: "The Army" encompassing colonial furniture and works of art, folk art of the British soldier as well as campaign furniture, pictures and objects of a military theme; "The Navy" covering fine and folk art associated with the British Royal and Merchant Navy fleets as well as fine art and objects that fall under a title of "The China Trade"; and finally there is an established core of furniture, pictures and works of art typical of "The English Country House".

Founded by Graham Walpole, the business first set up in Church Street, in London’s Marylebone, and by the end of the 1980s had moved to Westbourne Grove, from where they dealt until the turn of the last century. In 2004 Walpoles relocated to their home town of Greenwich and joined the British Antiques Dealers Association but now work from 111 Portobello Road. Please be aware that this shop is too small to show all of the stock on the website and that you should make an enquiry before your journey to ensure that the item in question is there for you to see. We are open every day, with the exception of Sundays, between the hours of 10 a.m. & 4 p.m., (Saturday 7.00 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

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