The Hong Kong Jocky Club Challenge Cup

 A finely detailed sterling silver model of a racehorse & Jockey. Marks of Frederick Elkington London 1888. Modelled by Adrian Jones (1845-1938)

21 inches (51cm) high on stand. 
15 inches (38cm) long.
7 3/4 inches (19.5cm) wide.

Formed as a racehorse with a jockey on rectangular, naturalistic ground, the wooden stand applied with silver berried laurel bordered engraved medallions, with larger central medallion front and back engraved with "HKJC" monogram, one also with CHALLENGE CUP; flanked by two further, and one at each end, one with monogram, the other with the Sassoon armorials, the remainder engraved: 1889 Won by Orlando owned by Mr. John Peel; 1890 Won by Home Guard owned by Mr. Buxey; 1891 Won by Zephyr Owned and ridden by Mr. D. E. Sassoon; 1892 Finally Won by Hero Owned and Ridden by Mr. D. E. Sassoon

The Modeler
Adrian Jones MVO (9 February 1845 – 24 January 1938) was an English sculptor and painter who specialised in animals, particularly horses. He created the sculpture Peace descending on the Quadriga of War, on top of the Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner in London. Before becoming a full-time artist he was an army veterinary surgeon.

Adrian Jones was born in Ludlow, Shropshire, and studied at the Royal Veterinary College, qualifying as a veterinary surgeon in 1866 . He enrolled in the Army as a veterinary officer in the Royal Horse Artillery the following year and served from 1867 to 1890. During this time he saw service in the Abyssinian Expedition of 1868 before joining the 3rd Hussars in 1869. From 1871 to 1881 he served with the Queen’s Bays in Ireland and was then attached to the 7th Hussars and fought with them in the Anglo-Transvaal war in 1881. In South Africa he was attached to the Inniskilling Dragoons. In 1884 Jones served in Egypt where he selected camels for the Nile Expedition and finally joined the 2nd Life Guards, retiring in 1890 with the rank of captain.

He was already active as an artist by this time, having exhibited at the Royal Academy as early as 1884, giving his address as "The Studio, Chelsea".

On retirement from the Army he set himself up as an artist. His training as a veterinary surgeon gave him a deep knowledge of equine anatomy which he used in his work to great effect.

Jones' best-known work is probably the sculpture "Peace descending on the Quadriga of War", which surmounts the Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner, London.

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