Art / Sculpture
1700 - 1750
Lead and leaf gilding
1940 mm (Height)Order this image
Dyrham, Gloucestershire (Accredited Museum)
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Lead statue of Mercury, the messenger god and patron of skill, eloquence and commerce, and so appealing for a government and colonial administrator such as William Blathwayt. Believed made in London by John Nost in around 1700 when he was active supplying garden sculpture for William III and other courtiers, such as a similar Mercury made for Melbourne Hall, Derbyshire, between 1704-1710. The statue is based on the famous bronze figures by Giambologna, who created four versions from 1563.
Lost wax cast figure of Mercury, in lead with bronze caduceus. Circa 1703.