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Andiron - Paire de chenets aux lions

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By: Paris circa 1785 € Louis XVI period

Description: Ormolu gilt bronze and patinated bronze

These chenets, each surmounted by a lion in deep brown patina and holding an ormolu bronze ball in its paw, have a plinth displaying a bacchanal scene in bas relief framed by two lions heads at right and left. The latter, in the same heaviness as the architecture of the plinths refer back to the ?goût grec? ?Greek fashion?, brought into fashion beginning in 1754 by Ange-Laurent de Lalive de Jully. One notes, besides, that the same mould was used for casting a plinth for a clock upon which is a girl reading a book, conserved at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and for another plinth bearing maritime attributes which is conserved at the Louvre Museum in Paris (Ottomeyer, H., and Pröschel, P; Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, Vol. I, p. 532, fig. 12 and Vol. II fig. 3.3.4). These clocks bear a signature in common of the famous bronze worker Jean-Joseph de Saint-Germain. The high quality of execution of the present chenets, in addition to above mentioned similarity, would allow one to imagine that they originate from the same source. Note that both clocks are dateable to the beginning of the Louis XVI style, circa 1765. However, the frieze displaying putti on the present chenets is more characteristic of the 1780€s, and Clodion?s work suggesting a date around the middle of these years which confirm the crisp chasing over the metal, very close to that of a silversmith. Thus, Jean-Joseph de Saint-Germain (1719-1791) would have here, according to a principle very much in use during the 18th century, successfully re-employed elements from two decades before and revitalised then simply by an ornamental element of the latest taste.

Dimensions: Height : 37.5 cm (14 inches) ? Width 46.1 cm (18 inches) ? Depth : 17.5 cm (6 inches)

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  • Origin : UNITED STATES
  • Materials : Bronze, Ormolu
  • Style : Louis XVI

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