A George III Mahogany Tray Painted with a Hunting Scene by John Nost Sartorius

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This galleried tray is skillfully painted with figures of huntsmen, horses and hounds, the field in full cry. The signature of J.N.Sartorius appears to the lower part of the field, 59cm wide, 40cm high (15 1/2in wide, 15 1/2in high).


 

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Wood: Mahogany
Period: George III
Origin: English
Condition: Good
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It is unusual to find painting of this quality appearing on a tray or any other furniture but other recorded pieces decorated by Sartorius suggest that it may have been a practice that he did become involved in from time to time. Other recorded examples include a set of six Regency rosewood dining chairs with top rails decorated with various racehorses, and signed J.N Sartorious and dated 1818 were sold at auction by Phillips in London 13 June 1995, lot 220. Another painted tray from the same collection as the aforementioned dining chairs were also sold in the same sale as lot 221 and decorated with a racing scene from the 'Newmarket Spring Meeting of 1795', this tray was signed similarly to the this tray 'J.N Sartorius.'

The artist John Nost or Nott Sartorius (1759-1828) was a celebrated equestrian painter known for both his portraits of horses and for his racing and hunting scenes. Amongst his patrons were leading sportsmen of the day including the Prince of Wales, the Earl of Derby, Sir Charles Bunbury and Charles James Fox.

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