ANTIQUE REGENCY BRONZE DESK SET WITH SAILORS, MORTARS & FORT

ANTIQUE REGENCY BRONZE DESK SET WITH SAILORS, MORTARS & FORT

£1,875.00

ANTIQUE REGENCY BRONZE DESK SET WITH SAILORS, MORTARS & FORT

Product Description

ANTIQUE REGENCY BRONZE DESK SET WITH SAILORS, MORTARS & FORT

Circa 1815

Height: 4¾ inches / 12.1 cm
Width: 8½ inches / 21.6 cm

Stock number: GD7636/217
Price: £1875

An extremely rare and very unusual Regency bronze desk set in the form of British sailors (or Jack Tars) defending or more likely attacking a fort with mortars. Set on bun feet with what appears to be an inkwell in the form of a castellated fort in the centre of three "peninsulas" each with a sailor and a mortar standing on them. The peninsulas very unusually with a scalloped edge all around. The mortars are exceptionally well modelled and are very lifelike models of mortars that were in use by the British from the late 18th century. The British sailors are also very well modelled with good detail to their faces, long hair and whiskers. They can be seen wearing typical canvas trousers, open shirt with necktie and the typical Royal Navy sailors leather hat covered in paint or Tar (possibly from where we get Jack Tar). In one hand, each sailor holds a cutlass (one cutlass broken) while the other hand held aloft probably held a slow match to set off the mortar. Most unusual object, the fort no doubt the inkwell while the mortars were probably pen or quill holders.