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A Berlin Ironware Figure Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, Prince of Waterloo, 1840
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A Berlin Ironware Figure Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, Prince of Waterloo, 1840

Measurements: Height: 21.5cm (8.5in)

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Berlin ironware figure on stepped plinth, modelled by Johann Carl Wilhelm Kratzenberg, cast by the Berlin iron art founder Siméon Pierre Devarrane, and sold by the Edinburgh retailer Mullar.

From at least the middle of the eighteenth century, a thriving iron-work industry developed in Prussia, turning out products ranging from bridges and garden furniture to vases and fine jewellery. Following the Allied victory at Waterloo, Wellington became a natural choice for an enterprising art founder working with a material that gained great popularity between 1810 and 1845. With its clear, shimmering black surface produced by the burning of carbon-Leinölfirnisses, ‘Berlin iron’ or ‘fer de Berlin’ combined a  fashionably austere look with welcome post-war affordability.
 

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