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Pair of Firedogs
Attributed to Charles Cressent (French, 1685 - 1768, master 1719)
Designed to hold logs,
To earn money to pay fines and mounting debts, the ébéniste Charles Cressent was forced to sell these firedogs, which he made, along with the contents of his house and workshop at auction in 1757. In the entry in the sale catalogue for number 163, he proudly described these pieces in the following words:
[A pair of] firedogs which represent two
Paris: Life & Luxury (April 26, 2011 to January 2, 2012) (29)
- Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, September 18, 2011 to January 2, 2012
Droth, Martina, and Penelope Curtis, eds. Taking Shape: Finding Sculpture in the Decorative Arts, exh. cat. (Leeds, Henry Moore Foundation; Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2009), pp. 58-59, no. 13.