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    Sale 7545

    A Town House in Mayfair

    20 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 525

    A PAIR OF FRENCH 'EYGPTOMANIA' BRONZE CANOPIC JARS

    19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF FRENCH 'EYGPTOMANIA' BRONZE CANOPIC JARS
    19TH CENTURY
    Each with lid in the form of the human-headed god Imsety, the body cast with hieroglyphs, figures, cobras and a scarab beetle, with later removable liners, with rope-twist base on stepped plinth
    13¼ in. (33.5 cm.) high (2)


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    The early 19th Century connoisseur's romantic taste for vase-decked apartments in Roman 'columbarium' manner, combined with an appreciation for Egyptian antiquities led by Baron Vivant Denon (d. 1825), introduced such bronze canopic urns as 'Furniture' garnitures, which were further appreciated in England as being 'à la Français' (see T. Hope, Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, 1807).

    In Ancient Eygpt the dead were buried with the heart intact but with the viscera encased in canopic jars, with each jar protected by one of the four sons of Haros (the son Osiris and Isis) - the human-headed god Imsety protected the lungs.

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    Provenance

    Acquired from Kugel, Paris.