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Pair of chimera candlesticks

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The torch-bearing chimera, a goat-horned and lioned-headed griffin that was sacred to the sun-god Apollo and associated with fire, derives from a drawing of a marble antiquity made in Rome in the mid-1790s by the architect Charles Heathcote Tatham (died in 1842). The “Antique Chimera in basso...

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Inscription

Inscribed on the flank of each griffin: "Published as the Act directs BY B. VULLIAMY & SON. Jan 1st 1810 London"

Provenance

By 1991 until about 2008, Apter-Fredericks, Ltd. (dealer), London. About 2008, purchased by Horace Wood Brock, Gloucester, MA; 2012, gift of Horace Wood Brock to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 27, 2013)

Credit Line

Gift of Horace Wood Brock

English (London), 1810

Dimensions

Height x width: 13 1/2 x 3 1/2 in., 17.8 cm (34.3 x 8.9 cm, 7 in.)

Accession Number

2012.1171.1-2

Medium or Technique

Patinated and gilt bronze

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Decorative arts