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    Sale 5281

    The Sunday Sale

    9 December 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 153

    A PAIR OF LATE GEORGE III BLACK-PAINTED PINE AND COMPOSITION PEDESTALS

    LATE 18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY, REDECORATED

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF LATE GEORGE III BLACK-PAINTED PINE AND COMPOSITION PEDESTALS
    Late 18th/early 19th century, redecorated
    Each with a square top above a guilloche frieze and tapering panels, each mounted with a Caduceus on a plinth base
    30 in. (76 cm.) high; 13. 1/2 in. (34 cm.) wide; 13. 1/2 in. (34 cm.) deep (2)


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    The low pedestals, japanned Grecian black, have frieze-tablets wreathed by flower ribbon-guilloches in the 1770s French/antique fashion; while their herm-tapered pillars are embellished with bas-relief trophies evoking Mercury's caducean wand. Bronze caducean wands featured on pedestals supporting Pompeian tripod candelabra executed around 1800 for Thomas Hope's Duchess Street mansion/museum; while entwined serpents, in Pompeian fashion, featured on bronzes tripod-candelabra inventoried at Kedleston, Derbyshire in 1804 (see T. Hope, Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, 1807 pl.11; and a pair of torsheres sold Christie's, London 5 July, 1995, lot 84).

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