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A pair of Wedgwood black basalt figures of griffins
late 18th century, after a design by Sir William Chambers
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 9,600 GBP
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207
A pair of Wedgwood black basalt figures of griffins
late 18th century, after a design by Sir William Chambers
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 9,600 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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A pair of Wedgwood black basalt figures of griffins
late 18th century, after a design by Sir William Chambers

modelled seated on their haunches with finely detailed feathers to their wings and necks, the heads surmounted by patinated brass candle sconces engraved with foliage and flowers, on guilloche decorated socles with fluted tapering stems, the rectangular plinths further decorated with panels of guilloche


34cm. high, 16cm. long; 1ft. 1 1/4 in., 6 1/4 in.
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Catalogue Note

Comparative Literature:
N. Goodison, `William Chamber's Furniture', Furniture History, 1990, vol. XXVI, p.67-89.
N. Goodison, Ormolu: The Work of Matthew Boulton, London, 1974, pp. 157-58
J.Harris and M. Snodin, eds. Sir William Chambers: Architect to George III, New Haven, 1996, pp. 160-2.

M H Grant, The Makers of Black Basaltes, pl. XXVII, No. 2

The form of the present candlesticks reflects the influence of the Royal architect Sir William Chambers following his publication of the Treatise on the Decorative Part of Civil Architecture. The third (1791) edition includes a design for a griphon candlestick which closely relates to these Wedgwood examples modelled in black Basalt . A fine pair of candlesticks based on this design are recorded the collection of the Duke of Marlborough at Blenheim, illustrated Furniture History, op. cit. figure 20. Pairs of bronze or ormolu candlesticks of this model sold, Sotheby's Florence, 6-7 April 1987, lot 590, Christie's London,  12 November 1998, lot 5 and 27 November 2003, lot 13 and Christie's New York, 19 April, 2001, lot 250.

A hand-coloured presentation sketch by John Yenn (d. 1821), who worked as an assistant and pupil to Chambers from 1764 to 1771, shows on earlier version of Chambers's design with minor variations, particularly to the plinth.  Interestingly this is more in keeping with the plinth decoration on the offered Wedgwood examples.

An almost identical basalt pair , one with impressed Wedgwood mark, was sold Sotheby`s London, 2 December 2003, lot 85. One of a further pair of the same model in basalt is illustrated in Alison Kelly, Decorative Wedgwood in Architecture and Furniture, 1965, pl. 7.

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