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Régence ormoulu chenets. The sculptural chenets portray a nude figure of Venus presenting an apple and Apollo playing his lyre. Each is sitting on a shell supported by an eagle and a salamander, possibly symbolizing “Fire” and “Air”. This same unusual iconography is found on the drawing of a bookplate proposed for Madame de Pompadour. Each chenet is raised on a “C”-form plinth decorated with acanthus leaf moldings.

Ex Collection: Lucien Surmont: Paris 5/13/1912. Nº                                              

                         Alphonse Kann: Paris 12/6-8/1920. Nº 204

Height (ins.): 13      Length/Width (ins.): 11      Depth (ins.): 6
Origin: France     Period: Regence