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    Sale 7439

    Important English Furniture

    22 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 691

    A REGENCY BRASS-MOUNTED CAST-IRON AND POLISHED STEEL FIREGRATE

    EARLY 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A REGENCY BRASS-MOUNTED CAST-IRON AND POLISHED STEEL FIREGRATE
    EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    Of sarcophagus form, the shaped later backplate above a bowed basket with barred front headed by spikes, above a shaped apron, the rounded ends mounted with panther-mask handles, with acanthus-clad legs and feet, on rectangular stepped plinths
    26¼ in. (67 cm.) high; 45¾ in. (116 cm.) wide; 13¾ in. (35 cm.) deep


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    The Roman bacchic-headed sarcophagus grate is designed in the early 19th century French/antique or Grecian fashion with its obelisk-finialed basket supported by Grecian-scrolled and acanthus-wrapped pillars terminating in 'Venus' shell-enriched feet.
    The design for this grate was published in an 1811 trade catalogue, printed by Messrs M.& G.Skidmore, Founders and Stove grate manufacturers of High Holborn and Coppice Row, Clerkenwell. A related grate, with lion-monopodia pillars, furnished the Outer Library at Attingham Park, Shropshire (illustrated in situ in Country Life, 5 February 1921, p. 160).

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    Provenance

    Possibly John, 2nd Earl of Ashburnham (d. 1812), Ashburnham Place, Battle, Sussex.