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John J. Gredler Works of Art

Pair 19th Century French Bronze Sphinx on Verde Antico Marble Bases

$1,750.00

Call For Location | 203-325-8070


A pair of French Empire bronze models of recumbent Sphinxes on Verdi Antico marble bases. The bronze with the warm golden patina of age. The custom marble bases, stepped on one side were likely made to be used as book ends. These make a handsome pair of book holders or eye- catching decorative pieces of sculpture.  Circa 1850.

5.5" h  x  5.75" w  x  3" d

Enthusiasm for the artistic style of Ancient Egypt is attributed to the excitement over Napoleon's conquest of Egypt. Napoleon took a scientific expedition with him to Egypt. Publication of the expedition's work, the Description de l'Égypte, began in 1809 and came out in a series though 1826, inspiring everything from sofas with Sphinxes for legs, to tea sets painted with the pyramids.

Wear consistent with age and use. Minor structural damages. A bottom corner on one base was broken and has an old repair. See photos.

John J. Gredler Works of Art

Pair 19th Century French Bronze Sphinx on Verde Antico Marble Bases

$1,750.00

Call For Location | 203-325-8070


A pair of French Empire bronze models of recumbent Sphinxes on Verdi Antico marble bases. The bronze with the warm golden patina of age. The custom marble bases, stepped on one side were likely made to be used as book ends. These make a handsome pair of book holders or eye- catching decorative pieces of sculpture.  Circa 1850.

5.5" h  x  5.75" w  x  3" d

Enthusiasm for the artistic style of Ancient Egypt is attributed to the excitement over Napoleon's conquest of Egypt. Napoleon took a scientific expedition with him to Egypt. Publication of the expedition's work, the Description de l'Égypte, began in 1809 and came out in a series though 1826, inspiring everything from sofas with Sphinxes for legs, to tea sets painted with the pyramids.

Wear consistent with age and use. Minor structural damages. A bottom corner on one base was broken and has an old repair. See photos.

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