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Madame Pompadour .Depicted as Large Gilt Sphinx

$2,800Asking Price


Both Madame Pompadour and DuBarry (mistresses to Louis XV ) often had head likeness depicted on a robed and tasseled body of a sphinx. Was a very popular depiction in the 19th century and you can find (throughout the world and on 1stdibs) similar execution in terra cotta, bronze, stone, marble, giltwood etc.. endless mediums. Probably a store or lobby decorative display item. This item is ideal for decorating as it weighs no more than 30 lbs,so easily moved about. Can be placed on consoles, mantles, chests without worry. It comes with free dust. Indoor use only. The construction material cannot be identified, not giltwood or metal, perhaps papier mache.' The last photo suggest the faux marble base is molded. As injection moulding was invented in the 1870s and perfected (as we still use today) by the 1930s. This may be papier mache' on a moulded base or perhaps the entire item is moulded. Not resin or fiberglass. The medium under the gilt cannot be determined. There is wear, nicks, dings, dents, loss to the gilding and touchups. There is distress to the figure where it rests upon the base. Measures given are papproximate.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 30 in. (76.2 cm)Width: 40 in. (101.6 cm)Depth: 14 in. (35.56 cm)
  • Style
    Louis XV (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor structural damages. Minor fading.
  • Seller Location
    Nashville, TN
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU92844698023

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    Ships From: Nashville, TN
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