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John J. Gredler Works of Art

Bronze Model of a Sphinx, French, 19th Century

$1,650.00

Call For Location | 203-325-8070


H 5 in. x W 8.75 in. x D 3.75 in.

A French grand tour bronze model of a reclining sphinx, early 19th century. The recumbent sphinx shown with elaborate headdress, its tail curled onto its back, seated on a rectangular base. The use of sphinxes as a motif for bronze objects reflected the growing interest in ancient Egypt during the neoclassical period, inspired by Piranesi’s decoration of the Caffè degli Inglesi in Rome in the 1760s. Recumbent sphinxes would continue to appear in furniture and bronze models throughout the late Ancien Régime, Directoire and Empire periods.  

Circa early 19th Century.

John J. Gredler Works of Art

Bronze Model of a Sphinx, French, 19th Century

$1,650.00

Call For Location | 203-325-8070


H 5 in. x W 8.75 in. x D 3.75 in.

A French grand tour bronze model of a reclining sphinx, early 19th century. The recumbent sphinx shown with elaborate headdress, its tail curled onto its back, seated on a rectangular base. The use of sphinxes as a motif for bronze objects reflected the growing interest in ancient Egypt during the neoclassical period, inspired by Piranesi’s decoration of the Caffè degli Inglesi in Rome in the 1760s. Recumbent sphinxes would continue to appear in furniture and bronze models throughout the late Ancien Régime, Directoire and Empire periods.  

Circa early 19th Century.

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