1873 - 1928
MAQUETTE WITH NEREIDS
bronze, dark brown patina
55 by 40cm., 21¾ by 15¾ in. overall
Overall the condition of the bronze is very good with only minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There are a few minor scratches to the surface, in particular to the face of the nereid on the right side of the group. There is a casting plug to the same nereid's proper left wrist. There are a few streaks of dirt to the back. There is minor pitting to the bronze.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
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Henry Poole was a student at the Royal Academy in London between 1892 and 1897. He collaborated with architect E.A. Rickards on numerous comissions for public buildings, including Westiminster Central Hall and Cardiff City Hall. The present bronze is a maquette for an architectural sculpture of Nereids, still visible on Cardiff City Hall to this day (see 'Henry Poole RA', Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951, University of Glasgow History of Art and HATII, online database 2011 [http://sculpture.gla.ac.uk/view/person.php?id=msib2_1210171348, accessed 02 Jun 2019]).