A George III white and Siena marble chimneypiece
Lot 74
A George III white and Siena marble chimneypiece
Sold for £56,250 (US$ 91,277) inc. premium

Lot Details
A George III white and Siena marble chimneypiece
The inverted breakfront shelf with fluted and leaf-carved mouldings, the Siena-veneered frieze centred by a relief-carved tablet with a scene of dolphins drawing Venus in her shell chariot, accompanied by Cupid and Neptune playing a trumpet, the egg aperture with an egg and dart moulded surround headed by a band of Siena inlaid blind-fluting, the jambs with projecting entasis columns further inlaid with Siena blind-fluting, the top of one column numbered 1-11 and the other numbered 1-9, minor replacements and restorations, 236cm wide, 33.5cm deep, 176cm high (92.5in wide, 13in deep, 69in high). aperture 139.5cm high, 127cm wide (55in., 50in.).

Footnotes

  • Comparative Literature:
    Jeremy Musson, 'Abbey Leix, Co. Laois', Country Life, July 24, 2003, p. 53

    A very similar chimneypiece is recorded at Abbey Leix, Co. Laois. The incised numerals at the top of each column were probably used during the manufacturing process to locate the inlaid Siena marble 'flutes' into the correct respective channels.
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