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    Sale 7683

    A Rococo Fantasy Treasures from a Bavarian Collection

    6 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 163

    A PAIR OF FRENCH ORMOLU CHENETS

    19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A PAIR OF FRENCH ORMOLU CHENETS
    19TH CENTURY
    Cast as rockwork C-scrolls and foliage, one centred by a seated musician bearing a mandolin, the other with a seated lady
    12¼ in. (31 cm.) high; 12¼ in. (31 cm.) wide; 6 in. (15 cm.) deep (2)


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    The triumphal arched fire-dogs celebrate 'Love's triumph' with 'picturesque' foliated and scalloped cartouches evoking parks and inhabited by courting 'Italian musicians'. Inspired by the Commedia dell'arte, the theatric figures of Mezzotin and his companion are costumed in the manner of one of Jean de Jullienne's 1731 engraving after Jean-Antoine Watteau.

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