An unusual 16th century carved oak grotesque frieze rail, Franco/Flemish
Lot 214
An unusual 16th century carved oak grotesque frieze rail, Franco/Flemish
Sold for £437 (US$ 569) inc. premium

Lot Details
An unusual 16th century carved oak grotesque frieze rail, Franco/Flemish
An unusual 16th century carved oak grotesque frieze rail, Franco/Flemish
Centred by a pair of opposing scaly mythical beasts, each with open mouths at the bare breasts of a winged Sphinx, with a female head and breasts, and a lion's body, all between bird-headed foliate scrolls, 93.5cm wide x 17.5cm high, together with a pair of 17th century carved oak frieze sections, both carved with putti riding scaly fish and with scrolling berry-decorated flowers and foliage, 41cm wide x 13.5cm high, (3)

Footnotes

  • The sphinx became a popular motif in the 16th century, after it was introduced into Western art following the discovery of the grotesque decoration unearthed at Emperor Nero's 'Golden Palace' in Rome in the late 15th century. Subsequently, she was incorporated into the classical vocabulary of arabesque designs that spread throughout Europe in engravings during the 16th and 17th centuries. Sphinxes (or sphinges) were included in the decoration of the loggia of the Vatican Palace by the workshop of Raphael (1515 – 20). The first appearance of sphinxes in French art was in the School of Fontainebleau in the 1520s and 1530s.
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