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Sir Henry Cheere Chimneypiece – W064

A finely carved 18th century pine and Portland stone chimneypiece in the manner of Sir Henry Cheere.

The top layer of the shelf is moulded and carved with a row of acanthus leaves, this decoration also features on the jambs. The bottom layer of the shelf and architrave mouldings are carved with egg and dart. Both frieze panels are carved with scrolling Rococo foliage and flowers. The aperture mouldings and centre plaque are of Portland stone, the plaque extremely well carved and depicting the Aesop’s Fable “The Lion, the Bull and the Goat”.

The Lion, The Bull and the Goat, by the ancient Greek story teller Aesop.

A Bull, escaping from a Lion, entered a cave, which some shepherds had lately occupied. A He-goat was left in it, who sharply attacked him with his horns. The Bull quietly addressed him – “Butt away as much as you will. I have no fear of you, but of the Lion. Let that monster once go, and I will soon let you know what is the respective strength of a Goat and a Bull”.

Sir Henry Cheere, 1st Baronet (1703 – 15 January 1781) was a renowned English sculptor of the eighteenth century. His work successfully combined two styles fashionable during the mid 18th century, Palladian and Rococo. Drawings by Sir Henry Cheere of comparable chimneypieces exist in the Conway Library, Somerset House London.

English, Circa 1750’s

 

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Measurements:

Width: 71.5" (1816mm)

Height: 66" (1676mm)

Depth: 6" (152mm)

Internal Measurements:

Width: 52" (1321mm)

Height: 44" (1118mm)

Price: £28,000 (+VAT)

Product Code: W064

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Sir Henry Cheere Chimneypiece – W064

Sir Henry Cheere Chimneypiece – W064

Product Code: W064

A finely carved 18th century pine and Portland stone chimneypiece in the manner of Sir Henry Cheere.

The top layer of the shelf is moulded and carved with a row of acanthus leaves, this decoration also features on the jambs. The bottom layer of the shelf and architrave mouldings are carved with egg and dart. Both frieze panels are carved with scrolling Rococo foliage and flowers. The aperture mouldings and centre plaque are of Portland stone, the plaque extremely well carved and depicting the Aesop’s Fable “The Lion, the Bull and the Goat”.

The Lion, The Bull and the Goat, by the ancient Greek story teller Aesop.

A Bull, escaping from a Lion, entered a cave, which some shepherds had lately occupied. A He-goat was left in it, who sharply attacked him with his horns. The Bull quietly addressed him – “Butt away as much as you will. I have no fear of you, but of the Lion. Let that monster once go, and I will soon let you know what is the respective strength of a Goat and a Bull”.

Sir Henry Cheere, 1st Baronet (1703 – 15 January 1781) was a renowned English sculptor of the eighteenth century. His work successfully combined two styles fashionable during the mid 18th century, Palladian and Rococo. Drawings by Sir Henry Cheere of comparable chimneypieces exist in the Conway Library, Somerset House London.

English, Circa 1750’s

 

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