Pair of Egyptian Revival Cast Brass Sphinx Figural Chenets, 19th Century
PAIR OF EGYPTIAN REVIVAL BRASS SPHINX FIGURALS
Originally arranged as chenets; sand cast, circa early 19th century
Item # 903GAP17P
A very finely cast pair of Sphinx figurals in the Egyptian taste, they would originally have been arranged as flanking chenets, likely raised over a rectangular base where the claws would be allowed to overhang the edge slightly; this base would likely also contain a continuation of the tail for each figure. These are finely chiseled and the surfaces are flawlessly chased, perhaps most notably in the human faces with inordinately crisp eyelids and features. There is something mechanical and almost machine-like about the stylized treatment of the figures; these have a severe angularity in the stance, claws and saddle cloth.
An unusual and very fine quality pair, they present particularly well on mantels and tables where the claws can just slightly overhang the surface.
Measurements: 9 7/8" H x 16 1/2" W x 4 1/2" D
These would originally have been positioned over a base; trace oxidization to surface; old brass polish in some crevices; light scuffs, etc. to surface. Paws are loose from the body and originally would have been affixed to the base. Note the holes in the elements where pins would have been placed to affix to the base.