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Eagle ornament. SM M431. ©Sir John Soane's Museum, London. Photo: Geremy Butler

Eagle ornament from the staircase at Carlton House


Museum number: M431

Curatorial note

This plaster eagle is a pair with M440; see also the further pair of variant eagle ornaments, also from Carlton House, M258 and M282.

Carlton House was the London palace of the Prince Regent, later King George IV, demolished in 1825. Soane acquired not only the four eagles already mentioned but also a vase from the portico which today sits on the parapet of the Monument Court.

Provenance help-art-provenance

Soane records in his 1835 Description that the two pairs of plaster eagle ornaments M258, M282 and M431 and M440, 'formerly made part of the architectural decorations of Carlton House, and were preserved when that superb structure, with the noble portico in front, and one of the most classical vestibules in Europe, leading into a highly decorated staircase, and suite of magnificent apartments, were demolished'.


Sir J. Soane, Description, 1835, p.31

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