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    Sale 7713

    Furniture & Clocks

    23 April 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 55

    A GEORGE III WHITE STATUARY MARBLE CHIMNEYPIECE

    PROBABLY BY SIR RICHARD WESTMACOTT, TO A DESIGN BY JAMES WYATT, LATE 18TH EARLY 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE III WHITE STATUARY MARBLE CHIMNEYPIECE
    PROBABLY BY SIR RICHARD WESTMACOTT, TO A DESIGN BY JAMES WYATT, LATE 18TH EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    Carved with drapery swags, gathered in the centre and tied at the corners, over a band of reed moulding and terminating in tassels, restorations, the plinths replaced
    57¾ in. (147 cm.) high; 77 in. (196 cm.) wide; 10 in. (25 cm.) deep


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    This chimneypiece pattern, with triumphal-arched and laurel-festooned hearth unveiled beneath richly festooned Grecian altar drapery, appears to have been invented in the early 1790s by the architect James Wyatt (d.1813) for the Grecian Library of Armar Lowry-Corry, Baron Belmore, later lst Earl Belmore (D.1802) at Castle Coole, Ireland. This statuary marble chimneypiece, intended to harmonise with the window-walls' rich drapery was invoiced in 1795 for £126 by the London statuary Richard Westmacott (d.1808), who received a Royal appointment as Mason at Kensington Palace in the following year (see C. Hussey, Castlecoole II, Country Life, 26 December 1936, p.684 fig 4).

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