A Pair of c.1800 Painted & Gilded Lead Mounts in the Form of Rams Heads

Origin: English
Period: George III
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1790-1820
Width: 4.75”
Height: 4”
Depth: 2.75” (each)

The attractive cast lead bosses or mounts each as horned rams heads, showing a good patination to the lead with remnants of paint and gilding, with tether hooks to the mouths, and each surviving from the early part of the nineteenth century.

The mounts have very good surfaces and patinas, with one having possibly been re-gilded at some stage, and the same is also showing a crack to the top section; though it doesn’t prove to be any problem stability wise. Please view the photographs for a full visual reference.

This fine pair would have once adorned a lead planter, fountain, or pedestal base for instance, and are well modelled suggesting they were part of a high quality larger composition.

The motif of the rams head was used by Robert Adam (1728-1792) frequently on his furniture such as candle stands; usually with festoons of drapery and wreaths of flowers caught up with the rams' heads, all being ornaments characteristic of what was termed the Adams style. This was very much revived in the first decade or so of the twentieth century.

Very decorative and well crafted objects that could be utilised in any number of ways.