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'Spread Eagle' Bronze Wall Relief, Barclays Bank
A very large and substantially heavy-cast bronze of a Spread Eagle, the symbol synonymous with the banking institution Barclays. With its original green-brown patina, this high-relief bronze most likely came from outside a branch or office, and would have been wall mounted. The bronze features the three crowns device, an addition which came about following an application by the company for a Grant of Arms in 1937. Measures: Width 30 inches (76 cm), height 32 inches (81 cm). It is not known precisely when the firm of Barclays was established, but in 1690 a banker called John Freame started trading from premises in Lombard Street, London. At a time when few people could read or write, pictorial signs were used to identify businesses. In 1728, Freame’s business relocated to 54 Lombard Street, at the sign of the Black Spread Eagle, and his son-in-law, James Barclay became a partner in the firm. The company expanded over the subsequent years, but the Spread Eagle symbol was to remain synonymous with the Barclay partnership.
- Of the Period
- Place of Origin
- Date of ManufactureLate 1930s, Early 1940s
- Materials and TechniquesPatinatedBronze
- Condition DetailsThe piece is in very good, original condition, and the reverse has substantial brackets for wall mounting.
- WearWear consistent with age and use.
- DimensionsH 32 in. x W 30 in. x D 4 in.H 81.28 cm x W 76.2 cm x D 10.16 cm
- Seller LocationLondon, GB
- Seller Reference Number6220
- Reference NumberLU86809514081
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