• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7830

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    21 January 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 47

    A LATE GEORGE II POLISHED STEEL FIRE GRATE

    CIRCA 1760

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    A LATE GEORGE II POLISHED STEEL FIRE GRATE
    CIRCA 1760
    The serpentine basket with turned finials above a pierced and incised frieze with wyverns amid foliage, flanked by obelisks formed of four tapering columns with urn finials on square pierced column bases, later elements
    29½ in. (75 cm.) high; 38 in. (97 cm.) wide; 18 in. (46 cm.) deep


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    A closely related fire grate featuring the distinctive heraldic wyverns and open columns was supplied by David Robertson, circa 1760 to Lord Dumfries for Dumfries House. En suite with a fender, andirons amd fire-irons, the ensemble was invoiced at £10.12s.8d.
    The heraldically-charged grate-basket is conceived in Thomas Chippendale's Director's 'Modern' fashion. Its stand is supported on rectangular altar-pedestals crowned by urn-capped Tuscan cluster-columns, while its frieze features picturesque scrolls of Roman acanthus guarded by wyverns. The form was further popularized by the Stove Grate Maker William Glossop in his 1771 Treasury of Original and Fashionable Designs (see C. Gilbert and A. Wells-Cole, The Fashionable Fireplace, 1985 figs. 35-55).

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN