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Lintel of a chimney piece

  • Object:

    Chimney piece

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    end of 15th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Istrian stone

  • Museum number:

    1830B-1892

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This carved stone is the lintel of a chimney piece. It is carved with a shield of arms, depicting a lion rampant on a mount and a monster on either side from the tail of which issues floral scrollwork. The underside beneath this is carved with leaf work and a panel in the centre containing a representation of Vulcan forging arrows on an anvil. The cornice is decorated with acanthus leaf and dart ornament. The jambs of the chimney pice are surmounted by capitals, carved with symmetrically arranged arabesques with birds at the top.

Physical description

Chimney piece. Istrian stone; on the frieze of the lintel in the centre is carved a sheild of arms, a lion rampant on a mount; on either side is a monster, from whose tail issues floral scroll-work. The soffit beneath has leaf work with a panel in the centre containing a representation of Vulcan forging arrows on an anvil; the cornice is decorated with acanthus leaf and dart ornament. The jambs of pilaster form, surmounted by capitals, are carved with symmetricually arranged arabesques, with birds at the top.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)

Date

end of 15th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Istrian stone

Dimensions

Height: 50.375 in of jambs, Width: 4.5 in of jambs, Length: 69 in of lintel, Width: 9.5 in of lintel

Object history note

Bought for £3.

Descriptive line

Chimney piece, Istrian stone, carved, Italy

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

List of Objects in the Art Division South Kensington Museum acquired during the Year 1892. Arranged according to the dates of acquisition, with appendix and indices. London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1893. pp. 230

Materials

Istrian stone

Subjects depicted

Scrollwork; Acanthus; Lion; Anvil; Arabesques; Escutcheon; Arrows; Birds; Monster; Dart

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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