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Dragon: M.9-1933

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 7 (Courtauld)

Titles

Dragon

Maker(s)

Sculptor: Fanelli, Francesco

Entities

Categories

Description

Bronze, cast, with dark brown patina, slightly polished. From a group of St George and the Dragon. The beast has short legs, but large wings; the tail is curling to its right. It has four large claw-feet, the right fore-feet being raised. The neck and head are raised and turned to the left, the jaws are opened and a long tongue curls up between the fangs. There is a hook at the end of the snout.

Notes

History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Alfred A. de Pass, in memory of his Crispin, died 1918

Measurements and weight

Height: 8.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Florence ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1933) by de Pass, Alfred A.

Dating

17th Century
Circa 1600 CE - 1700 CE

Note

This bronze could have been made in England during Fanelli's stay in London. Fanelli was appointed Sculptor to Charles I in 1632 and was last recorded in England in 1641. The dragon corresponds to one in a St George and the Dragon recorded in the collection of Charles I at Whitehall in 1640, and still in the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle. Six examples are recorded, see Documentation.

Project

  • Sculpture UK

Components of the work

Sculpture Depth 15.5 cm Height 8.1 cm Width 15.6 cm
Plinth Depth 8 cm Height 3.4 cm Width 15.2 cm

Materials used in production

Bronze

Techniques used in production

Casting : Bronze, cast, with dark brown patina, slightly polished.

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.9-1933
Primary reference Number: 13881
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_9_1933
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 24 July 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 14 September 2022

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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