Mantel

Mantel

c. 1730

designer

after Inigo Jones

(English, 1573–1652)

architect

probably by William Kent

(British, 1685-1748)

Marble

Overall: 153.7 x 204.4 cm (60 1/2 x 80 1/2 in.)

Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Fund 1944.472

Fun Fact

Here the presence of the Roman god of trade and abundance (Mercury) within the decorative scheme of this mantel alludes to prosperity and bounty.

Description

The cornucopias and scroll-shaped brackets capped by the bust of the youthful Roman god, Mercury, were inspired by the work of Inigo Jones, one of the first British architects of great renown. The mantel was originally installed in Wanstead House, formerly located on the outskirts of London. Working opposite the architect, Colen Campbell (1676–1729), William Kent completed the interior decoration of the estate and likely produced this mantel as well. When Wanstead House was pulled down in 1822, the Duke of Hamilton purchased the chimney piece and three others from Wanstead House to display in his own home near Glasgow, Scotland.

See also
Collection: 
Furniture
Type of artwork: 
Furniture and woodwork
Medium: 
Marble

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