Although several models of chenets with sphinxes exist dating from the 1780s, perhaps their earliest appearance is on a design by Jean-Louis Prieur of circa 1770 in the musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris (8485). In the 1780s, the architect François-Joseph Bélanger drew a design for a sphinx chenet (now in the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris), which was subsequently supplied to both Marie-Antoinette and Madame Elizabeth at Versailles and the Tuileries in 1784-5. Probably executed by the ciseleur-doreur Quentin-Claude Pitoin, the model is now at Versailles, the Louvre and the Cleveland Museum of Art (H. Ottomeyer, P. Pröschel et al., Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, vol. I, p. 276, fig. 4.11.4).