An 18th chimneypiece by Sir Robert Taylor

An 18th chimneypiece by Sir Robert Taylor

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An 18th century English Rococo statuary marble chimneypiece by Sir Robert Taylor (1714-1788). Circa 1750. The undulating frieze centred by an elaborate cartouche flanked by shaped panels with foliated tendrils and c-scrolls with acanthus decoration. Each jamb carved with sinuous and foliated s-scrolls and shallow relief shaped panels. The whole resting on shaped concave plinth blocks. The current chimneypiece has very close parallels to one of the chimneypiece designs found in a small volume containing 12 designs for rococo chimneypieces and overmantels by Sir Robert Taylor and now in the Taylorian Institution, Oxford. The current chimney-piece is extraordinarily well designed, incorporating many of the decorative S and C scroll ornaments favoured by this remarkable change in taste from the austere classicism of the Palladian period; yet at the same time the motifs incorporated stem from that tradition, the shelf a modification of a broken pediment, the use of acanthus leaf decoration to the centre of the frieze, the adaptation of the astragal mould flanked by two fillets for many of the scrolls and the use of a comparatively square opening

STOCK NUMBER 03550

Measurements
WIDTH: 62 ¾ INS (159.5 CMS)
HEIGHT: 56 ½ INS (134 CMS)
DEPTH: 5 INS (12.5 CMS)
INTERIOR WIDTH: 43 INS (109.2 CMS)
INTERIOR HEIGHT: 44 ½ INS (113 CMS)

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