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Rare English Regency Neoclassical Egyptian Style Statuary Marble Fireplace

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A magnificent and rare English Regency Neoclassical Egyptian style statuary marble fireplace carved to the highest quality, of the type popularised by Thomas Hope 17691831, in his highly influential Household Furniture and Interior Decoration (1807) with term jambs of Antinous Osiris, circa 1810-1820. With rectangular tiered and moulded one-piece shelf, above the frieze with a continuous confronted mirrored panel decorated with Egyptian figures kneeling and standing, animal headed Gods, birds, snakes, and other hypothetical geometric hieroglyphs. The pilaster jambs fronted with terms, of tapering inverted obelisks decorated with incised tall vases, lotus flowers and running horned viper hieroglyphs caped with well carved heads of Antinous Osiris, the Greek lover and favourite of the Roman Emperor Hadrian 117-138 CE. This is capped by rectangular blockings with fanciful winged beasts and other hieroglyphs. The whole supported on ogee socles on stepped foot blocks. This iconographic antique head of Antinous Osiris expressing his Regal and Divine status following his deification after his mysterious death in the Nile in 130 AD, was worshipped in the Greek east and Latin west, arguably one of best known and notorious erotic icons in the annals of classical theory, was well known and familiar to the ‘Grand Tour’ milords and sightseers, in both the 18th and 19th Centuries, through the many examples unearthed and displayed in numerous European museums including the one in Vatican Museum excavated at Hadrian’s villa at Tivoli in the 18th century, probably the most famous. Thomas Hope had two black marble statues of Antinous in his Egyptian room on the table opposite the fireplace, at his Duchess Street mansion, (Illustrated in plate VIII of Household Furniture and Interior Decoration (1807). Egypt, with its history of great antiquity, the mysteries of its hieroglyphs and tomb culture, it’s precious materials such as Porphyry and very ancient and impressive buildings had fascinated Western Europe since the Roman rule from 30 BC to 395 CE. Ancient Egyptian culture was largely unknown until it’s invasion by the French Republic, under General Bonaparte in 1798. After Admiral Nelson’s spectacular defeat of his French fleet at the Battle of the Nile in 1799 a new interest in all things Egyptian was inspired in a generation of wealthy sophisticated British house holders aided by Thomas Hopes fashionable publication and the arrival in 1802 of the Rosetta Stone which was rightly recognised as the key to understanding and deciphering hieroglyphs which was final achieved in the 1820s.    

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  • Dimensions

    H 45.01 in. x W 65.01 in. x D 12.01 in.

    H 114.3 cm x W 165.1 cm x D 30.5 cm

  • Seller location
    London, GB
  • Seller reference number
    N298
  • Reference number
    LU848110737683

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