Pair of Louis XIV ormoulu chenets. The chenets depict sejant sphinxes on a scrolled base. They rest on baluster form rectangular plinths with lion head chutes terminating in lion paw feet.
The chenets are possibly from the workshop of Andre-Charles Boulle , the sphinxes seem identical to those found on clocks known to be by Boulle. A nearly identical sphinx from a chenet is in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. (Illustrated: Le Métal, No. 430.)
Ex Collection: Baron Cassel van Doorn
Literature: Connoisseur Magazine; February, 1979
Height - 13" Length - 9" Depth - 6"