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Painting of a Polish Trooper 1920 - Szwadron pionierów

Article about: Feeling a bit sick today so I took the day off and was cleaning the house when I found this painting. Back in 2004 when my father died me and my brother decided we should take our mom for a

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    Hi guys

    Feeling a bit sick today so I took the day off and was cleaning the house when I found this painting.

    Back in 2004 when my father died me and my brother decided we should take our mom for a holiday to Poland, my mom who is a antique collector and got me into collecting militaria would often hit the town in search of things to buy, one day I recieved a phone call that she was in a antique store in the town square of Wroclaw and she found some Polish medals and badges which I might find worth buying. Now I know when my mom says it is worth buying, IT IS! My mom knows what is original and what is a fake, and she is a expert bargain hunter ;-)
    I arrived in the store and ended up buying a nice Wz.19 eagle, a few Polish medals for the 1919-21 War, a mint 1939 Radom Bayonet, plenty of photos and paperwork. I remember the total was close to 900zl and I was happy with price but thanks to mom I payed 730

    As we are about to leave, in a dark corner of the store my mom notices a old, really dirty painting. My mom loves paintings, she looks at it, calls me over and asks me to identity the soldier, now this painting was so dirty I could barely make it out, but yup, I know it is a cavalry trooper, I know for sure he is wearing a uniform that was worn in the 1920 campaign. I was worried about the dirt and condition however my mom assured me she knows a expert in a local museum who can restore it, she was so confident she buys it for me for silly money, 1000zl.
    Two weeks later she gave me this stunning painting, I could not believe this was the same painting she bought.

    The trooper is wearing a typical 1920 War cavalry peaked cap, pioneer squadron insignia, a really nice jacket worn over the shoulder 'hussar style' which was common with the Polish cavalry in the those days.

    Here is the painting, I am hoping to have it framed some time this year and create a display at home focusing on the 1919-21 war with this painting as the centrepiece, it looks much better in real life and I cannot seem to take a good shot from my camera...

    Nick
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    It will look great framed.
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    Nick, you have an awesome mom!!

    Cheers,
    Tony
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    Great painting...as everyone has said, it should look amazing framed!

    Not an art historian by any means, but took a chance on this painting recently for a paltry 270zl. Hope to receive it next week to determine if it's period or not, as well as the painting materials and technique. Decided it was worth a try as I have not seen this particular portrait before and it appears to be of Kazimierz Sosnkowski, who I am actually a fan of. Any thoughts greatly welcome! :-)

    Cheers,

    B


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    Hello LwowAK,

    Apologies on bursting your bubble it is in fact a portrait of General Dyw Wladyslaw Sikorski a copy of the original portrait painted by Roman Kawecki, a photograph of the original appears in the Order Virtuti Militari by Krzystof Filipow (published in 1992).

    Best wishes

    Andrzej

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    Hello Again LwowAK,

    I just thought that you might like to see the original portrait painting of Wladyslaw Eugeniusz Sikorski, held by the MWP.

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    Also held at the MWP is the following portrait painting of Kazimierz Sosnkowski which I thought you might like to see.

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    You can click on both to open up in a new window to enlarge.

    Best wishes

    Andrzej

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    Thanks Andrzej!

    Pozdrawiam,

    B

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