Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Pair of andirons

ca. 1765
Gilt bronze
.28) H. 15 1/2 x W. 15 1/2 x D. 6 in. (39.4 x 39.4 x 15.2 cm); .29) H. 16 1/2 x W. 16 1/2 x D. 6 7/8 in. (41.9 x 41.9 x 17.5 cm)
Metalwork-Gilt Bronze
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 1971
Accession Number:
1971.206.28, .29
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 526
On the high base of each, formed by sweeping acanthus scrolls, a lion is seated on rockwork facing inward and giving tongue. Its raised right forepaw rests, also on rockwork, on the end of a tall scroll. A large spray of blown acanthus leaves and berries springs from the base behind the lion's shoulders. A band of ribbon ornament, interlacing alternate small circles and tall ovals, is chased along the front of the base of each.
Baroness Alphonse de Rothschild ; René Fribourg (until 1963; sale, Sotheby's, London, June 28, 1963, no. 170) ; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman , New York (until 1971; to MMA)
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