• Focal Point - The Nicholas Gif auction at Christies

    Sale 5975

    Focal Point - The Nicholas Gifford-Mead Collection of Chimneypieces & Ornament

    29 October 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 80

    A GEORGE III STATUARY AND SICILIAN JASPER INLAID CHIMNEYPIECE

    ATTRIBUTED TO HENRY HOLLAND, CIRCA 1795

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE III STATUARY AND SICILIAN JASPER INLAID CHIMNEYPIECE
    ATTRIBUTED TO HENRY HOLLAND, CIRCA 1795
    The frieze carved with a central spray of summer flowers, within conforming foliate carved roundels to the jambs intersected by panels of jasper below a plain rectangular shelf
    48 in. (124 cm.) high; 67 in. (172 cm.) wide; 8 in. (20.4 cm.) deep; the opening 41¼ in. (104.5 cm.) x 44 in. (113 cm.)


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    The two drawings illustrated here are dated 1790 by the celebrated architect Henry Holland (1745 - 1806), and are very close to this chimneypiece, and its complementary pair, lot 82. The drawings form part of a volume of 101 leaves (1) containing details of interior decoration, chiefly chimneypieces and mouldings, now in the R.I.B.A. library. Henry Holland's understated and restrained Neo-classical style is reflected in their design with the tapering jambs, the geometrical cushion moulded jasper panels evoking a striking, yet subtle contrast with the white statuary marble.
    (1) RIBA Ref 41477 VOL.74, pg.45 recto & verso.

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    Provenance

    T. Crowther of North End Road, 1960. Private Purchase.