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A Dutch 'dummyboard' figure of a youth carrying a fish, 19th century
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A Dutch 'dummyboard' figure of a youth carrying a fish, 19th century
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Details & Cataloguing

Recollections of Places Past, Property from the Estate of Sir John and Lady Smith

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A Dutch 'dummyboard' figure of a youth carrying a fish, 19th century

Literature

Inventory of the Property of Guy O. Smith at Shottesbrooke Park, 1928, vol. I, probably one of 'Front Hall / Pair of Dutch figure screens: Children'

Catalogue Note

Dummyboard figures have been made since the 17th century in England and the Low Countries, with a revival from renewed interest in the late 19th century when painted copies or figures cut from the canvas of earlier oil paintings and mounted on wood appear. Their exact purpose has been much discussed but they were most probably deployed as draught excluders in unlit fireplaces and it has been argued, perhaps more fancifully, for use as decoys in an empty home. See Percy Macquoid and Ralph Edwards, The Dictionary of English Furniture, 1924, vol II, p.234 for further examples.

Recollections of Places Past, Property from the Estate of Sir John and Lady Smith

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London