Pair of gilt bronze firedogs of high quality, each comprised of a rearing horse draped with a tasseled and embroidered saddle cloth whose front legs rest of an upright foliate shield with central diaper pattern, possibly after a design by Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) for an equestrian monument; the base is sarcophagus shaped with exaggerated, foliate scrolls at each corner, with a central cherub mask resting upon an ornate shield, the legs are likewise comprised of foliate scrolls resting on split, outwardly scrolling feet; with slight variations to the shield upon which the mask rests; the back open and the interior rough as expected.

Pair of Firedogs


About 1725

  • Titles Pair of Firedogs (Descriptive)
  • Medium gilt bronze
  • Dimensions (.1) 16 1/8 x 9 1/8 x 6 1/8 in. (41 x 23.2 x 15.6 cm) (.2) 16 1/2 x 9 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. (41.9 x 24.1 x 16.5 cm)
  • Credit Line Eugenia Woodward Hitt Collection, 1991.37.1-.2
  • Work Type firedogs
  • Classification Tools & Equipment
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