The model for the lioness is taken after that from the staircase at the Capitol in Rome. The combination of a recumbent lioness on a base with drapery swags first appears in a drawing of 1785 by Pierre-Philippe Thomire in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, illustrated in H. Ottomeyer/P. Pröschel et al., Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, vol. I, p. 298, fig. 4.18.6. The model achieved great popularity in the Empire period-examples were delivered circa 1800 to General Moreau and later removed to Napoleon's bedroom at Fontainebleau (see Un ameublement à la mode en 1802: Le mobilier du General Moreau, Musée National du château de Fontainebleau, 16 June-14 September, 1992, p. 32, fig. 25. Other examples were executed by Antoine-André Ravrio, circa 1805, for Fontainebleau and the Grand Trianon. Other bronziers also followed this design such as Claude Galle and Feuchère. However, the finely chased detailing and the elegantly tapered feet of these chenets point to an earlier date.