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    Sale 5444

    Town & Country Perspectives - The Charles Plante Collection

    4 June 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 295

    Circle of James 'Athenian' Stuart (British 1713-1788)

    A neo-classical ceiling design

    Price Realised  

    Circle of James 'Athenian' Stuart (British 1713-1788)
    A neo-classical ceiling design
    pen and grey ink and grey wash
    11 x 8¾ in. (27.9 x 22.2 cm.)
    In a verre eglomisé mount


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    The alternate Roman stucco-ceiling patterns, probably prepared for engraving, are for a sideboard-apsed parlour/dining-room. It features an Apollo sunflowered patera in an octagon compartment that is mosaiced with palm-flowered and shell-scalloped lunettes and wreathed by beribboned laurels bearing bacchic lion-headed pelta-shields. The latter, celebrating the Virgilian concept of Agriculture's triumph with the laying aside of arms, have alternate schemes for Apollo griffin heads or Venus wave-scrolls.

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