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Bronze Model of a Sphinx, French, 19th Century

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A French grand tour bronze model of a reclining sphinx, early 19th century. The recumbent sphinx shown with elaborate headdress, its tail curled onto its back, seated on a rectangular base. The use of sphinxes as a motif for bronze objects reflected the growing interest in ancient Egypt during the neoclassical period, inspired by Piranesi’s decoration of the Caffè degli Inglesi in Rome in the 1760s. Recumbent sphinxes would continue to appear in furniture and bronze models throughout the late Ancien Régime, Directoire and Empire periods.

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  • Of the Period
    Egyptian Revival
  • Place of Origin
  • Date of Manufacture
    1820
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 5 in. x W 8.75 in. x D 3.75 in.H 12.7 cm x W 22.23 cm x D 9.53 cm
  • Seller Location
    Stamford, CT
  • Reference Number
    LU803013336852
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