A CARVED STONE FIREPLACE LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY
A CARVED STONE FIREPLACE LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY
A CARVED STONE FIREPLACE LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY
A CARVED STONE FIREPLACE LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY
A CARVED STONE FIREPLACE LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY
A CARVED STONE FIREPLACE LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY
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A CARVED STONE FIREPLACE LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY

Estimate: 7,000 - 10,000 GBP

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A CARVED STONE FIREPLACE LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY

Estimate: 7,000 - 10,000 GBP

Lot Sold:20,000GBP

Lot Details

Description

A CARVED STONE FIREPLACE LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY


176cm. high, 148cm. wide, 37cm. deep; 5ft. 9¼in., 4ft. 10¼in., 1ft. 2½in.


Condition Report

This impressive fireplace is in good condition and it is divided in eight sections which are currently loose. For safe installation, they should be professionally assembled. There is minor chipping to edges. Weathered and signs that it has been exposed outside. Small repair to area below nostril and tip of fireplace. Very minor losses throughout. Top section with slightly different colour, as visible in the catalogue image. A piece full of character.


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

Cataloguing

Catalogue Note

The unusual yet impressive design of this fireplace recalls the enormous 'Hell Mouth' created for Vicino Orsini between 1550 and 1584 in the Parco dei Mostri, Bomarzo. The grotesque mask was a popular form used in Italy as early as the late 16th century as can been seen at The Palazzo Zuccari, in Rome, featuring a front door and two windows surrounded by an imposing face with furrowed brows. The gaping mouth of a huge monster representing the entrance to Hell, two further examples stand in the Villa Torre in Fumane and another in the gardens of the Villa Aldobrandini, near Frascati. An example with identical design was sold Christie's London, 3 September 2014, lot 141 (£16,250). The taste for this type of fireplaces also spread across time and place as an example of similar spirit is in the Parisian apartment of the French dealer Pierre Passebon, designed by Jacques Grange, his collection sold Sotheby's Paris, 21-22 November 2017. 

A CARVED STONE FIREPLACE LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY
A CARVED STONE FIREPLACE LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY
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