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    Sale 7586

    West ~ East - The Niall Hobhouse Collection

    22 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 158

    French School, circa 1770

    A design for a chenet

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    French School, circa 1770
    A design for a chenet
    pen and black ink, black and grey wash, unidentified watermark, on three joined sheets
    18 3/8 x 17¼ in. (46.7 x 43.8 cm.)

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    This design in the Louis XVI 'antique' fashion, for an ornamental fire-dog (chenet) celebrates lyric poetry and the harvest season of Autumn, and can be attributed to the sculptor bronze-founder Jean-Louis Prieur, author of Principes de dessin, 1783, and self-styled 'sculpteur, cizeleur et doreur du Roy'. A related design, with harvesting youth celebrating the Feast of Bacchus, is preserved in the Odiot album, discussed by H. Ottomeyer P. Pröschel et. al., Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, vol. 1, p. 199, fig. 33.14.7.

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    Georges de Belder (Dates untraceable), Belgium.