A rare late 18th century relief-carved lime wood panel depicting a vase of flowers, signed and dated Putman 1790 possibly an allegory relating to the Declaration of the Rights of Man

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Lot 27
A rare late 18th century relief-carved lime wood panel depicting a vase of flowers, signed and dated Putman 1790
possibly an allegory relating to the Declaration of the Rights of Man

Sold for £ 65,250 (US$ 78,505) inc. premium
A rare late 18th century relief-carved lime wood panel depicting a vase of flowers, signed and dated Putman 1790
possibly an allegory relating to the Declaration of the Rights of Man
the finely carved flowers including roses, ranunculus, narcissus, poppies and lilac, the vase decorated with a frieze depicting Britannia and Plenty flanking two oval pendants - one with a brazier on a plinth, the other with a cockerel standing on a reeded plinth with a laurel wreath to the base, the pedestal foot resting on a platform scattered with four coins or medallions, three decorated with portrait bust, the last vacant, two busts bearing striking resemblances to Benjamin Franklin & the Marquis de Lafayette, the whole supported by four recumbent lions and centred by a sea serpent,, signed and dated to the left hand bottom corner fecit . putman . Sculp . 1790, later mounted in a glazed and carved and parcel gilt rectangular box frame, the panel, 55cm x 38cm, the frame, 71cm x 53cm

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  • The Declaration of the Rights of Man

    The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen (Déclaration des droits de l'homme et du citoyen de 1789) is a human rights document which originated from the French Revolution and was enacted by France's National Constituent Assembly in 1789.

    Inspired by the philosophers of the Enlightenment, the Declaration was the fundamental statement of the values of the French Revolution and had a major impact on the development of popular conceptions of individual liberty and democracy in Europe and worldwide. Drafted by the Abbé Sieyè, the Marquis de Lafayette, and Thomas Jefferson it was subsequently included in the beginning of the constitutions of both the Fourth French Republic (1946) and the Fifth Republic (1958).

    The Declaration, the Magna Carta, the 1689 English Bill of Rights, the 1776 United States Declaration of Independence, and the 1789 United States Bill of Rights, hugely influenced part of the 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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