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September 2015 THE FELIX DENNIS COLLECTION - DAY 1 - Lots 1 to 784 Sale

The Ascot Cup An impressive Garrards silver trophy, designed by Harrison Weir for Robert Garrard, London 1864, naturalistically modelled as Joan of Arc in armour mounted on horseback, holding aloft a banner on removable pole, engraved Iesus Maria surrounded by fleur-de-lys motifs, the horse modelled in rearing pose, raised on oval textured terrain with grass tufts, upon ebonised plinth, base stamped ‘R & S Garrard Panton Street London’, 94cm high, 72cm wide Note: This trophy was mentionedin ‘The Illustrated London News Supplement June 24, 1864’; ‘The Ascot Gold Cup, value £300, given from the Ascot Race fund, in addition to a subscription of £20 each, was won on the Thursday by Mr W. S. Cartwright’s four-year-old horse Ely, whose pedigree and exploits we have recorded in another page. This piece of plate though styled as a cup, is neither more nor less than an equestrian statuette of Joan of Arc, designed by Mr Harrison Weir, modelled by Mr W. F. Spencer and manufactured by Messrs R and S Garrard, goldsmiths of the Haymarket. The truth, grace and spirit of its design and the beauty of its workmanship are apparent at a glance.’ illustrated

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