A Fine Pair of Gilt-Bronze Chenets Modelled as Recumbent Sphinx

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Object Description

A Fine Pair of Gilt-Bronze Chenets Modelled as Recumbent Sphinx after the Model by Guillaume de Grof.

This fine and unusual pair of chenets in the form of recumbent Sphinx are based on the eighteenth century model by the Flemish sculptor Guillaume (Willem) de Grof circa 1715, for the Munich ‘Residenz’, the former Royal Palace of Bavaria. They now reside in the collection of the Bavarian National Museum in Munich.

Object History

Guillaume (Willem) de Grof (born circa 1680 in Antwerp, died 1742 in Munich), was a sculptor, bronze-founder and stuccoist who trained in Paris from circa 1700. Patronised by Louis XIV from 1708, he remained in Paris until his appointment as court-sculptor to the Elector Max Emanuel of Bavaria in 1715.

Object Literature

Ottomeyer, Hans & Pröschel, Peter. Vergoldete Bronzen, Vol. I, Klinkhardt & Biermann (Munich), 1986; , p. 70 – 1.10.10.

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