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A pair of Regency painted cast iron griffon-shaped firedogs
circa 1820, after a design by Thomas Hope
Estimate
15,00025,000
LOT SOLD. 49,000 USD
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94
A pair of Regency painted cast iron griffon-shaped firedogs
circa 1820, after a design by Thomas Hope
Estimate
15,00025,000
LOT SOLD. 49,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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A pair of Regency painted cast iron griffon-shaped firedogs
circa 1820, after a design by Thomas Hope

Provenance

William, 4th Earl Fitzwilliam (d. 1833) and by descent at Wentworth Woodhouse until 1998

Sold, Christie's, London, February 11, 1999, lot 14

Catalogue Note

This model incorporating a lion-bodied eagle which was sacred to Apollo, was first introduced as guardian firedog "chenets" after the French antique manner at the connoisseur Thomas Hope's Duchess Street mansion at the beginning of the 19th century (T. Hope, Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, London, 1807, pl. LVIII).

These fire dogs, and the following lot, are likely to have been commissioned by William, 4th Earl Fitzwilliam (d. 1833) for the Pillared Hall fireplaces at Wentworth Woodhouse, Yorkshire, as part of the enlargement and redecoration undertaken circa 1820.

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