Blue Turquin marble; chased patinated and gilt bronze
This marble and gilt and patinated bronze fireplace is particularly luxurious. The single-legged sphinxes supporting the mantel have patinated bronze busts draped with a large gilt bronze acanthus leaf and a patinated lion’s paw resting on a gilt bronze base. These single-legged sphinxes are comparable to those supporting a console table by Thomire and above all the sphinxes designed by Wailly for the fireplace of the foyer of the Théâtre de l’Odéon in Paris, still in situ.
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