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These large elaborate neo-classical andirons of wrought iron and silvered and gilded metal each feature a large covered cup-shaped urn with everted and gadrooned rim raised on square plinths that are flanked by gilded griffins. The urns are covered with vertical leafy ornaments. The plinths are supported on wrought-iron double-scrolled feet. The elaborate finial on each urn is composed of twin putti supporting bowls of fruits, including pomegranates, grapes, and squash.
This pair of brass and wrought-iron andirons each feature a crowned spread eagle facing outward, holding a shield in its talons with the Latin motto NEC SPE NEC METU (neither in hope nor in fear), and standing on a sphere. This top ornament is mounted with screws to a brass tasseled lambrequin flanked by brass scrolls and engraved with stylized floral ornament, including a bellflower motif.
You might be surprised to learn how often artists and artisans show animals in their work!
One of a pair of Jacobean-style walnut open armchairs with barley-twist legs, stretchers and arm supports, the latter terminating in figures of crouched lions, and rectangular backs and seats upholstered in wool gros-point tapestry worked in polychrome threads on a gold ground and trimmed with polychrome wool-and-tassel fringe. The upholstery scenes on the backs of the two chairs are different. This example shows three men dressed as Roman soldiers standing in a landscape with trees.
The Chippendale-style arm chair with cabriole front legs is upholstered in red leather over the rail. The walnut front legs terminate in booted pad feet and have shells with pendant bellflowers at the knees flanked by deep scrolls. The back pad feet curve gently backward. The generous seat and curved barrel-shaped back are finished with large upholstered arms that curve gently outwards.