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Georgian Tole Tray âNapoleonâs Surrender at Waterloo"

Georgian Tole Tray “Napoleon’s Surrender at Waterloo"

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Pre 1837 VR: Item # 679708
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A magnificent and extraordinarily rare tole tray depicting the Emperor Napoleon’s surrender to the Duke of Wellington following the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. The quality of painting is stunning. The two figures in the foreground represent Wellington (in red) and Napoleon (in blue). The latter bows and hands his scepter to Wellington as a flag-bearer lowers the French flag surmounted with a golden Imperial eagle to touch the ground in a gesture of defeat. British officers can be seen standing at attention behind the figure of Wellington. A tent encampment appears in the background. The scene is enclosed within a gilt border. Toleware was popular in the early 19th century, and this example was most certainly painted shortly after the famous victory, while British patriotism surged. The quality of painting, as well as that of the metal tray itself, is superb and shows the hand of a master. Scenic toleware, in general, is quite desirable, but a piece that illustrates such a pivotal event and in such a beautiful way is really beyond rare! The tray could be hung on a wall or could be custom-fitted with a base for use as a table.

Origin: England, ca. 1815. Condition: excellent, all original paint, less than 1% paint loss, a slight bend in the rim near the upper left corner. Size: 30-1/4” x 21-7/8”.