A rare, Irish, mid-18th century, statuary marble chimney piece originally from 44 Stafford Street, now 44 Wolfe Tone Street, owned by Theobold Wolfe Tone (1763-1798), the father of Irish Republicanism, circa 1750. Originating from a basic, English Palladian pattern after a William Kent, Flitcroft design which was copied from one of the numerous engraved pattern books printed at the time, but reworked by an unknown Irish architect who has given it a uniquely quirky, eclectic touch so typical of Irish designers. It has Rococo inspired carved decoration and the plain frieze is centred with a scallop shell, an attribute of Venus, the Goddess of love and fertility, suggesting it might well have been designed to celebrate a marriage. The jambs are of curved, flattened form and are decorated with scrolling volutes and acanthus tendrils, the whole raised on rectangular foot blocks.
- Of the Period
- Place of origin
- Date of manufacture1750
- Materials and techniques
H 60.25 in. x W 69 in. x D 6.5 in.
H 153.04 cm x W 175.26 cm x D 16.51 cm
- Seller locationLondon, GB
- Seller reference numberG297
- Reference numberLU84818583963
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