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    Sale 7727

    Important English Furniture and Clocks

    4 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 49

    A PAIR OF GEORGE II GILTWOOD WALL BRACKETS

    CIRCA 1740

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF GEORGE II GILTWOOD WALL BRACKETS
    CIRCA 1740
    Each with rectangular platform above a foliate-carved scrolled corbel, one with front edge replaced, regilt
    20¼ in. (51 cm.) high; 11½ in. (29.5 cm.) wide; 9 in. (23 cm.) deep; (2)


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    Intended for busts, vases or candelabra, these golden brackets have Ionic wave-scrolled volutes enwreathed by Roman acanthus foliage. While derived in part from the court architect John Vardy's publication of a Roman vase-truss pattern by the Rome-trained artist and court architect William Kent (d. 1748); their Venus pearled enrichments are indebted to Robert Wood's 1753 engraving of an Apollonian temple-door truss, such as Vardy (d. 1765) introduced in 1758 in his work at Spencer House, London (see J. Vardy, Some Designs of Mr. Inigo Jones and Mr. William Kent, 1744, pl. 20; R. Wood, The Ruins of Palmyra, 1753, pl. 47; and J. Friedman, Spencer House, London, 1993, fig. 55).

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