A PAIR OF LOUIS XVI STYLE ORMOLU AND PATINATED-BRONZE CHENETS
A PAIR OF LOUIS XVI STYLE ORMOLU AND PATINATED-BRONZE CHENETS
A PAIR OF LOUIS XVI STYLE ORMOLU AND PATINATED-BRONZE CHENETS
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A PAIR OF LOUIS XVI STYLE ORMOLU AND PATINATED-BRONZE CHENETS

AFTER THE MODEL BY THOMIRE, 19TH CENTURY

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A PAIR OF LOUIS XVI STYLE ORMOLU AND PATINATED-BRONZE CHENETS
AFTER THE MODEL BY THOMIRE, 19TH CENTURY
Each cast as a recumbent sphinx on rounded rectangular plinth mounted with ribbon-tied lightning bolts on acanthus-cast twist reeded toupie feet
14 in. (35.6 cm.) high, 15 ½ in. (39.5 cm.) wide, 6 in. (15.5 cm.) deep
Provenance
Anonymous Sale; Semenzato, Brigano, December 1988, lot 1716.

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Lot Essay

This design of sphinx is almost identical to a pair of bronze and parcel-gilt sphinxes designed by Pierre-Philippe Thomire circa 1805 for a fender, see H. Ottomeyer, P. Pröschel, Vergoldete Bronzen, vol. I, Munich, 1986, p. 341, fig. 5.4.6.

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