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    Sale 5444

    Town & Country Perspectives - The Charles Plante Collection

    4 June 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 532

    A FRENCH BRONZE AND ORMOLU FENDER

    19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A FRENCH BRONZE AND ORMOLU FENDER
    19th Century
    The lattice-pierced frieze surmounted by figures of winged griffins flanking oak-wreath swags with ribbon-ties to a top rail terminating in pineapple finials
    56 in. (142 cm.) wide


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    The griffins depicted on this fender first appeared as a decorative furniture motif in antiquity, becoming popular once again in Europe, at the end of the 18th century through the beginning of the 19th century. This legendary creature, with the body and head of a lion, beak and wings of an eagle, and a serpent's tale, was rumored to build nests of gold upon which it guarded eggs of agate. Symbolizing strength and vigilance, griffins support the base of an important gueridon attributed to Thomire illustrated in A. Michel, Musie Nissim de Camondo, Paris, 1991, p.63. A similar fender, with winged griffins on stepped plinths applied with anthemion motifs and scrolling supports was sold, Christie's London, 14 September 2006, lot 179.

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