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lunes, 27 de febrero de 2012

SE SUBASTA LA ESPADA DEL GENERAL ÁLAVA


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 26.02.12 - 02:35 - FRANCISCO GÓNGORA | VITORIA
 Maravillosa empuñadura de oro y brillantes del espadín donado por Vitoria al general Álava :: E.C
La historia hace extraños bucles. Uno de los objetos más extraordinarios que pueden sintetizar la historia contemporánea de Vitoria y de Álava va a ser subastado en la galería londinense Christie's el próximo 4 de abril de 2012, según revela la página web de la casa de subastas. Se trata del espadín de oro y brillantes que la ciudad regaló en agradecimiento al general Miguel Ricardo de Álava, el héroe que dirigió al lado del Duque de Wellington las tropas aliadas que derrotaron en la Llanada a los franceses el 21 de junio de 1813, salvando a la capital del saqueo que iba a venir a continuación.
En el gavilán de la empuñaduradel arma se puede leer «en memoria de la acción del 21 de junio de 1813», mientras que en el borde de la cazoleta se ha inscrito «la M.N. y L. ciudad de Vitoria». También se registra el escudo de armas del militar alavés: el águila, su lema -«A la más linda Álava»- y dos distinciones, la cruz de Carlos III, y la cruz de oro del Ejército inglés. Y en la hoja de acero «De Toledo... año de 1786» y el nombre del artesano, Juan Martín.
La pieza, además de su belleza, y la riqueza de su guarnición, tiene un valor excepcional por la biografía de sus poseedores. El general Álava, además de ser el más extraordinario héroe alavés y el militar más distinguido en la historia, y un personaje central en el siglo XIX, guarda entre sus hazañas el ser el único hombre que participó en dos de las batallas más grandes de la historia mundial: Trafalgar (1805), frente a los ingleseses y aliado de los franceses, y Waterloo, como ayudante del Duque de Wellington -fue el único que cenó con él la víspera del combate-, esta vez frente a Napoleón.
Álava, que fue el enlace del Ejército español en el estado mayor de Wellington, tenía un tercer camarada, Lord Fitzroy Somerset (el primer Lord Raglan), secretario de Wellington, con quien estuvo en ocho grandes batallas de la guerra de la Independencia, además de Waterloo, donde Raglan perdió el brazo. A este héroe británico con el que tuvo una gran amistad regaló el general Álava el espadín, cuando estaba de embajador en Londres. Lord Raglan fue conocido por una polémica actuación de la caballería británica en Crimea que inmortalizó el cine en ' La carga de la brigada ligera'.
La espada, que estaba depositada en el National Army Museum, solo ha venido a España en una ocasión (1988) con motivo de una gran exposición sobre Wellington. Ha sido valorada entre 41.000 y 59.000 euros.
Una herencia polémica
La decisión de poner en venta la llamada colección Raglan que tiene interesantísimas piezas relacionadas con Waterloo, Wellington y la guerra de Crimea, ha sido tomada por el último heredero del quinto Barón Raglan, Henry Van Moyland, un ciudadano americano que vive en Los Ángeles, con la oposición del resto de la familia. Además, la subasta podría ser recurrida por el National Trust for Wales, que sería el equivalente galés al Patrimonio Nacional español.
Entre las piezas de la colección, además de la espada, hay cartas y cuadros relacionados con el General Álava, un material que Gonzalo Serrats, que prepara actualmente una biografía del gran militar vitoriano, «considera de un gran valor. Hemos estado en contacto con la familia para tratar de conocer la documentación de Raglan». El abuelo de la bisabuela de Serrats fue hermano de Loreto Arriola, la mujer de Ricardo Álava, un matrimonio que no tuvo descendientes.
La subasta de la espada coincide con la preparación de los actos del Bicentenario de la Batalla de Vitoria. El presidente de la Asociación Vitoria 2013, Emilio Larreina, considera que se trata del «objeto patrimonial e histórico más importante de Vitoria».
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 NOTA DE PRENSA DE CHRISTIE'S

RELEASE: THE RAGLAN COLLECTION

WATERLOO, WELLINGTON AND THE CRIMEA

The Raglan Collection:
Waterloo, Wellington and The Crimea
South Kensington – On 4 April 2012, Christie’s will offer The Raglan Collection: Waterloo, Wellington and The Crimea at the South Kensington saleroom, 85 Old Brompton Road. This private collection from Cefntilla Court, Monmouthshire – the ancestral home of the Barons Raglan since 1855 – includes important historical medals, arms and armour, militaria, pictures, furniture, silver, books, Indian weapons and works of art, as well as a selection of enthnographic art. The collection is being sold by order of the Executors of Fitzroy John Somerset, 5th Baron Raglan (great-great-grandson of the 1st Baron Raglan). The collection comprises over 300 lots and is expected to realize in excess of £750,000.
Amelia Elborne, Specialist and Head of Sale commented, “FitzRoy Somerset, 1st Baron Raglan, was one of the most well-known British soldiers of the early 19th century.  His career spanned service at the right hand of Britain’s greatest soldier, the first Duke of Wellington for almost 40 years, during the Peninsular War, at Waterloo, and as Private Secretary, through to his command of British forces in The Crimean War – Raglan’s legacy is of foremost importance. This fascinating collection chronicles Lord Raglan’s role in some of the most famous battles in British history, as well as featuring more personal items stemming from his relationship with ‘the Iron Duke’ and the family he created with his wife, Lady Emily Wellesley-Pole, Wellington’s favourite niece. The collection comes to auction from Cefntilla Court, the Monmouthshire home which was given by a group of admirers to the son of Lord Raglan after the Field Marshal’s death in June 1855 – before what would eventually be victory in The Crimea. The selection on offer has been collected by the 1st Baron Raglan as well as by his descendants – almost all military men themselves – including the 3rd Baron Raglan, a politician and governor of the Isle of Man, and the 4th Baron Raglan, an anthropologist and collector.”
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 ARTDAILY.COM
 LONDON.- On 4 April 2012, Christie’s will offer The Raglan Collection: Waterloo, Wellington and The Crimea at the South Kensington saleroom, 85 Old Brompton Road. This private collection from Cefntilla Court, Monmouthshire – the ancestral home of the Barons Raglan since 1855 – includes important historical medals, arms and armour, militaria, pictures, furniture, silver, books, Indian weapons and works of art, as well as a selection of enthnographic art. The collection is being sold by order of the Executors of Fitzroy John Somerset, 5th Baron Raglan (great-great-grandson of the 1st Baron Raglan). The collection comprises over 300 lots and is expected to realize in excess of £750,000.

Amelia Elborne, Specialist and Head of Sale commented, “FitzRoy Somerset, 1st Baron Raglan, was one of the most well-known British soldiers of the early 19th century. His career spanned service at the right hand of Britain’s greatest soldier, the first Duke of Wellington for almost 40 years, during the Peninsular War, at Waterloo, and as Private Secretary, through to his command of British forces in The Crimean War – Raglan’s legacy is of foremost importance. This fascinating collection chronicles Lord Raglan’s role in some of the most famous battles in British history, as well as featuring more personal items stemming from his relationship with ‘the Iron Duke’ and the family he created with his wife, Lady Emily Wellesley-Pole, Wellington’s favourite niece. The collection comes to auction from Cefntilla Court, the Monmouthshire home which was given by a group of admirers to the son of Lord Raglan after the Field Marshal’s death in June 1855 – before what would eventually be victory in The Crimea. The selection on offer has been collected by the 1st Baron Raglan as well as by his descendants – almost all military men themselves – including the 3rd Baron Raglan, a politician and governor of the Isle of Man, and the 4th Baron Raglan, an anthropologist and collector.”

Highlights from The Collection
Commissioned into the army at the age of fifteen, Lord FitzRoy Somerset became the Duke of Wellington’s Aide-de-camp in 1808, at the age of twenty, as Captain. Somerset proved himself in battle, bearing the dispatches after Talavera (1809) and receiving a wound at Busaco (1810). He played a distinguished role in the bloody storming of Badajoz in 1812 and fought at the battles of Salamanca (1812), Vitoria (1813) and Toulouse (1814), after which he was made KCB. He was awarded the Peninsular Gold Medal (with clasps for Badajoz and Salamanca) illustrated right and the Peninsular Gold Cross (with five clasps) illustrated far right. These latter medals were instituted by the Prince Regent on behalf of his ailing father, George III, to reward senior officers for their service in the Peninsula. For his first battle the recipient would be awarded a gold medal, for his second and third two clasps, and thereafter the exquisite gold cross (with clasps). In total, only 165 crosses and clasps were ever awarded.

The medals are included in the highly important and exceptionally rare group of honorary awards and medals awarded to Field Marshal Lord Raglan (estimate: £250,000-350,000). The field marshal's baton that Raglan was awarded after his victory at Inkerman in the Crimea (a rank that had been created for Raglan's mentor Wellington after his success at Vitoria) is also included in the lot. Designed by the Prince Regent, and presented by Queen Victoria, the deep red velvet baton is decorated with small gold lions, and the base is engraved: „From Her Majesty Alexandrina Victoria Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland to Field Marshal The Lord Raglan G.C.B. 1855‟, with maker's mark WN for William Neal, hallmarks for 18 carat gold, London and 1854; it is surmounted by a figure of St. George slaying the dragon. Somerset's Waterloo Medal, issued in 1816-17 and the first award given by the British government to all soldiers present at a battle, as well as his Crimea Medal with four clasps are also included in the lot. The lot comprises a total of twelve awards and medals, and is accompanied by a letter signed by Frederick, Duke of York as commander-in-chief to Lord FitzRoy Somerset, Horse Guards, 21 September 1813.

As Wellington’s right-hand-man for almost forty years, the collection includes a number of lots related to the first Duke of Wellington, including a mahogany armchair by Holland and Sons, used by Wellington in his office at Horse Guards (estimate: £4,000-6,000). Somerset married Lady Emily Wellesley-Pole, the daughter of Wellington’s brother William Wellesley-Pole later third Earl of Mornington, and Wellington’s favourite neice. Wellington gave many personal treasures to Emily, including a diamond-set gold bracelet containing a lock of his hair (estimate: £1,500-2,000), and a heavy Indian gold ring which he had purportedly taken from Tipu Sultan, after the Battle of Seringapatam in 1799 (estimate: £10,000-15,000).

The collection includes notable Crimean artifacts, such as the bridle that was reputedly worn by Captain Nolan’s horse when its owner was killed by a Russian shell – the first casualty on the occasion of the infamous Charge of the Light Brigade (estimate: £3,000-5,000). Also featuring is the elm table that was used by Queen Victoria to distribute the first Crimea Medals in London in May 1855 (estimate: £2,000-3,000); a Russian bugle that was seized mid-sound by a British drummer boy when the 77th Regiment stormed a Russian trench during the Siege of Sebastopol (estimate: £1,000-1,500); and two bronze Russian cannon, dated 1821 and 1829, that were captured when the Allies finally took Sebastopol in September 1855 (estimate: £20,000-40,000 each) – a victorious conclusion which Field Marshal Lord Raglan did not live to see.

Further highlights in the collection include a magnificent gold and diamond-hilted sword presented to General Don Alava by the city of Vitoria in gratitude, who then gave it to his great friend and comrade-in-arms, Lord FitzRoy Somerset (estimate: £30,000-50,000). It is believed that Alava holds the distinction of being the only person to have been present at both Trafalgar and Waterloo – one as opposition and the other as an ally to the British. A triple-portrait of the Wellesley-Pole sisters by Sir Thomas Lawrence P.R.A. – including Lord FitzRoy Somerset’s wife, Lady Emily – is a highlight of the portraits featured in the sale (estimate: £30,000-50,000).

1 comentario:

  1. Una venta muy buena y más sabiendo todo el peso de historia que tiene en sus empuñaduras, sube más cosas de subastas Miguel! Un saludo

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