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    Sale 5898

    Christie's Interiors

    6 January 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 260

    A GILT-BRONZE SPHINX URN

    AFTER CLAUDE BALLIN, 20TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A GILT-BRONZE SPHINX URN
    AFTER CLAUDE BALLIN, 20TH CENTURY
    MOUNTED IN A ROUGE GRIOTTO MARBLE PLINTH
    21 IN. (53.3 CM.) HIGH


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    THIS DESIGN IS BY CLAUDE BALLIN (1615-1678), AND IS ONE OF A PAIR. THE ORIGINAL IS PART OF A SET OF THIRTEEN PAIRS, DESIGNED FOR LOUIS XIV'S FORMAL TERRACED GARDEN'S AT VERSAILLES, THE PARTERRE DU NORD AND THE PARTERRE DU MIDI, CAST BETWEEN 1660 AND 1680.

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