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Asprey & Co, Silver-gilt falcon, 1981
A magnificent, Sterling silver-gilt statue modelled as a falcon and most likely a unique, special commission from Asprey & Co. The bird of prey, standing on a textured circular base set onto a turned malachite stand, is highly naturalistic and well-observed, right down to the gilded silver ‘tether’, keeping him on his perch.
Fully hallmarked Asprey, London with date marks for 1981.
Height overall: 16 inches (41 cm).
The image of the falcon has been used in sculpture for centuries. In Ancient Egypt, as far back as the 31st century BC, Horus the sky god, was often depicted with the head of a falcon. The falcon is the national bird of Saudi Arabia and considered in many Arabic countries to be symbols of force and strength.