Pair of antique gilt-bronze Neo-Grec sphinx tripod stands


Whilst this pair of figural pedestals are designed to support a work of art, they are undoubtable works of art in their own right, of the finest quality.


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This superb pair of pedestals are notable for their elaborate design, which combines elements of the Rococo and Neo-Grec styles.  

Identical in design, the two stands are carved entirely from ormolu (gilt-bronze), and the fact that there are no additional materials is highly unusual for objects of this type. The pedestals are surmounted by circular tops with a raised edge, ideal for supporting vases or other decorative wares. The top sits on a krater-shaped support, decorated with foliate motifs. The support tapers into the lower half of the central column, which is replete with scrollwork, scallop shells, and further foliate designs.

Alongside the main shaft is a tripod support, consisting of three winged figurative terms evocative of Neo-Grec sphinx designs. Displaying exceptional figurative carving in the lifelike faces and busts, the protruding bodies taper into C-scrolled legs, decorated with acanthus leaf decoration. The three terminate in lion’s paw feet that further add to the sphinx composition. Foliate swags connect each section of the tripod support.

Of exceptional quality, this pair of stands is covered with supreme decoration, and with their shining gilt-bronze composition they would be sure to draw attention when placed within the appropriate interior.


Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
Late 19th Century
Late 19th Century
Ormolu (Gilt Bronze)
Gold, Metallic


105 cm / 41.3 inches
49 cm / 19.3 inches
49 cm / 19.3 inches


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