Exceptional, Regency Period, Neoclassical Fireplace in White Statuary Marble For Sale
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Exceptional, Regency Period, Neoclassical Fireplace in White Statuary Marble

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An English Regency period, neoclassical statuary marble fireplace. Carved in Italy. The herm jambs with well carved busts of the Vestal Virgins, the attendants of the temple of Vesta, the Roman goddess of fire in the Roman forum. It was their duty to keep the fires perpetually burning, which is a pleasing connotation for chimneypiece design, circa 1820. The rectangular moulded, tiered shelf sits above the frieze with a central plaque with a head of Medusa. She is robustly carved with glaring eyes and snakes entwined in her hair and flanked by panels carved with acanthus leaves. The herm jambs with tapering shafts of inverted obelisk shape decorated with scrolled hearts and anthemion, capped with blockings of sunflowers, the whole standing on foot blocks. An almost identical fireplace with slightly different blockings, almost certainly by the same workshop, one of a pair, was illustrated by the London antique dealers Pratt & Burgess in The Connoisseur, November 1960 with provenance 83 Portland Place, London.

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  • Condition
    Good
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 52.17 in. x W 71.74 in. x D 11.03 in.H 132.5 cm x W 182.2 cm x D 28 cm
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Seller Reference Number
    N343
  • Reference Number
    LU848112288501
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