Finely Carved George III Marble Plaque
a masterpiece of marble carving, and perhaps representing Autumn, depicting a neo-classical vase with grape-vines, pears, apples, pomegranates and other fruit in high, under-cut, relief
It is difficult to attribute this fine sculpture to a particular artist. The chimneypiece from Chesterfield House, now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, has similar carving on its frieze (here illustrated) convincingly attributed to John Michael Rysbrack (1694-1770). The Danish sculptor, about whom very little is known, Michael Henry Spang, was also working in a similar vein in London in the 1770s and 1780s, which perhaps ties in better with the date of the offered panel. John Devall jr.was another fine contemporary sculptor in marble who, like Spang, worked with Robert Adam.