A LARGE CARVED OAK MODEL OF ST. GEORGE AND THE DRAGON
PROBABLY EARLY/MID 19TH CENTURY, NORTH EUROPEAN
The armoured saint depicted on rearing horse, lancing dragon below
94cm high, 79.5cm wide, 26cm deep
The collection of Standish Robert Vereker, 7 th Viscount Gort (1888- 1975) at Hamsterley Hall, Co. Durham
Inherited by The Hon. Catherine Mary Wass, OBE (1942-2021) upon the death of her great-uncle, the 7 th Viscount Gort, in 1975
C. Hussey, 'Hamsterley Hall, Durham: The Seat of the Hon. S.R. Vereker, M.C.', Country Life , 21 October 1939, p. 421, fig. 8; R.E.
The Role of Antiques Today: Furniture and Tapestry at Hamsterley Hall', Country Life , 2 March 1940, p. 231, fig. 6.
Bessie Surtees House in 1934
This carved oak model of St. George and the Dragon is from the collection of the 7 th Viscount Gort, Standish Robert Vereker (1888 - 1975), at Hamsterley Hall, Co. Durham. It was photographed by Country Life in the drawing room at Hamsterley in 1939 and 1940. The design is possibly inspired by a drawing attributed to the workshop of Raphael (Urbino 1483 - Rome 1520) in the National museum, Stockholm (inv. no. NM 297/1863); a 19 th century albumen print of this drawing is in the Royal Collection, acquired by Prince Albert (1819-61) for the Raphael Collection (RCIN 851606). The painter and sculptor, Matthew Cotes Wyatt (1777-1862), produced a related sketch, possibly for the bas-relief in St. George's Hall, Windsor (RCIN 917613). This imagery can also be found on the Badge of The Order of the Garter, on the reverse of British coins from the early 19 th century, and reflects the interest in the chivalric order and Arthurian legends during the Victorian era.
With marks, knocks, scratches, abrasions consistent with age, handling, cleaning and everyday use
Shrinkage faults throughout- resulting in associated detail loss.
There are old repairs including but not confined to; reverse 16cm section of base, horse tail, horse left front leg, lance tip, possibly section of dragon mouth, saints' right arm, right hand section of rein etc
One spur incomplete and with details lost including to horse left ear and head, front section of plinth etc. Shaft of lance with old break where it enters dragon's mouth.
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