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Wood, polychrome and iron
Size: 41cm high, 32cm square (base) – 16 ins high, 12½ ins square (base)
98cm high – 38½ ins high (with iron pole)
See: Finch & Co catalogue no.7, item no.123, for a Masonic miniature silver ritual sword
In 18th century France the names of the lodges were often the same as those of the Inns where the Freemasons would meet and they were frequently the butt of jibes because of their conviviality and banqueting. Meeting in the private dining rooms of restaurateurs or innkeepers they would trace symbols on the floor with chalk, use portable equipment and after the ceremony remove all traces of their meeting, and sit down to dinner.
Mozart, Goethe and Voltaire were all Freemasons and during the Enlightenment of the 18th century, philosophical thinking revolved around the idea that mankind possessed a natural morality linked to a vision of an innocent and benevolent ‘Nature’. The Freemasons strove to embody the idea that man could be a ‘perfect individual’ and to represent freedom of thought, expression and education.