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    Sale 7439

    Important English Furniture

    22 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 715

    A GEORGE III SIENA AND WHITE MARBLE CHIMNEYPIECE

    CIRCA 1780, THE CENTRAL FRIEZE AND TABLET REUSED

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE III SIENA AND WHITE MARBLE CHIMNEYPIECE
    CIRCA 1780, THE CENTRAL FRIEZE AND TABLET REUSED
    The moulded inverted breakfront shelf above a dentilled cornice, the frieze with central tablet depciting Ceres reclining and attended by two youths gathering corn, flanked by sunflower medallions and further oval medallions with youths at each end, the scrolled Ionic pilaster supports with herms bearing palms above arabesques and lyres and horns linked by laurel garlands, the central tablet, frieze and two paterae reused from another, possibly later chimneypiece
    59 in. (150 cm.) high; 73 in. (185.5 cm.) wide; 9 in. (22 cm.) deep
    Aperture: 43 in. x 43½ in. (109 x 110 cm.)


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    The statuary marble chimneypiece, richly sculpted in bas-relief and embellished with golden Siena tablets, is designed in the George III Roman fashion adopted around 1780 by architects such as Thomas Leverton. The central tablet celebrates Summer, with the reclining figure of the harvest-deity Ceres attended by youths gathering corn, while the medallions above the pilasters depict another youth with corn and a companion bearing a thyrus and tazza emblematic of the wine and harvest deity Bacchus. The triumph of Apollo and lyric poetry is evoked by the laurel and palm-flowered Grecian Ionic pilasters, which are sculpted with poetic trophies, uniting Cupid's dart with lyre and horns, and suspended by laurel-garlands beneath arabesque palm-bearing victory herms.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN