A large pine and limewood chimneypiece in the mid 18th century Palladian manner. The breakfront shelf above a richly carved frieze, centred by a plaque depicting a crowd of putti wrestling with a goat, with vine and grape swags either side and finely carved egg and dart and Vitruvian detail above and below, is flanked by elaborate wine flagons on the endblocks. The jambs topped by large acanthus brackets above male masks holding tumbling garlands in their mouths.
English, circa 1880.
Note: The central plaque is remarkably similar to a marble relief in the Galleria Doria Pamphili, Rome carved by the Flemish Baroque sculptor François Duquesnoy (1597 - 1643). A terracotta version of it was set into the triptych panel incorporated into the chimneypiece in The Painted Room at Spencer House, London, in the 1760s.
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