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Antique French Grand Tour Bronze Sphinx 19th C

Antique French Grand Tour Bronze Sphinx 19th C | Ref. no. A2898 | Regent Antiques Sold
Ref: A2898
Price: £ 0.00
A fine quality French Empire bronze Grand Tour figure of a recumbent sphinx set on an attractive Giallo Siena marble...

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A fine quality French Empire bronze Grand Tour figure of a recumbent sphinx set on an attractive Giallo Siena marble rectangular plinth, Circa 1840 in date.

The sphinx is finely cast and consists of the body of a lion and the head of a King or God, this being symbolic of strength and wisdom.

It is a fine piece which will look beautiful wherever placed.
 

Condition:
 
In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.


Dimensions in cm:

Height 14 x Width 26 x Depth 11

Dimensions in inches:

Height 5 inches x Width 10 inches x Depth 4 inches

Our reference: A2898

Empire symbols.

The Consular period in France began in November 1799 when the Directory was overthrown in a bloodless coup and replaced by three consuls, including Napoleon. This overthrow followed a series of military disasters and insurrections that led to a breakdown of faith in the government. A few weeks after the coup Napoleon was named First Consul. In 1802 he was named First Consul for life and in December 1804 Napoleon crowned himself Emperor. The period of his reign as Emperor, from May 1804 to June 1815, is known as the Empire period.


Napoleon, having gained his position through his political and military achievements, used artists, designers and architects to promote and legitimise his regime. He appointed Charles Percier (1764–1838) and Pierre-François-Léonard Fontaine (1762–1853) as the official architects and designers of the Empire period and they became major exponents of the Empire style.

Design of the Consular and Empire periods was characterised by militaristic elements – symbols of war and victory, imperial emblems, such as the golden eagle, classical palm leaves and laurel wreaths. These symbols of power made a direct visual connection between the regime and the glory and authority of the ancient Roman emperors.

Sphinxes, winged lions and creatures with heads of eagles were employed as table legs and armrests on chairs. Broad, austere surfaces of exotic woods,  were ornamented with motifs in marquetry and ormolu (gilt-bronze) and the heavy, monumental style of the furniture reflected a grandiose magnificence. Heavy bases accentuated a monumental appearance and symmetry was closely followed. At the height of the Empire period, the style was majestic and magnificent.
Napoleon’s Egyptian Campaign brought about a craze in France for all things Egyptian. The detailed drawings of art and architecture published on his return by artist and archaeologist Dominique-Vivant Denon led to the incorporation of Egyptian motifs in the furniture and decorative arts of the following decades.

As well as military, Egyptian and Classical imagery, the Empire period also embraced opulence and imagery of love, sensuality and seduction: the swan – one of the forms the god Zeus took to seduce mortal women; the lyre – an instrument of art and seduction; and bows and arrows – the tools of Cupid.

Swans, also emblems of Venus and the adopted symbol of Josephine – were employed as armrests or as entire arms of chairs. Aspects of the myth of Cupid and Psyche were also a common theme. The butterfly symbolising both Psyche and the soul was a recurrent motif.

Other symbols and motifs of the Empire period included the bee, a symbol of immortality and resurrection, specifically chosen by Napoleon to link his new Empire to the very origins of France, the cornucopia or horn of plenty; images of Mars and Venus symbolising love and peace brought about through military success, and the initials of the Emperor and Empress – N for Napoleon and J for Josephine.

The Empire style achieved great popularity and was adopted in courts throughout Europe. In England it was known as the Regency style. 

Siena Marble
The natural beauty of Italian Siena marble has been prized for its luster and natural beauty throughout history. Giallo Siena marble was formed eons ago when limestone was subjected to intense pressure and heat. The calcite crystals formed like millions of tiny gems locked together, giving the natural Giallo Siena marble its beautiful luster.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 14 x Width 26 x Depth 11

Dimensions in inches:

Height 5 inches x Width 10 inches x Depth 4 inches

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