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A pair of Wedgwood black basalt griffin candlesticks. Late 18th-early19th century. photo courtesy Sotheby's

each supporting a metal candle nozzle and modelled with its wings upraised seated on its haunches on a rectangular base.; height 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm) - Estimate 6,000—8,000 USD. Lot Sold 6,250 USD

PROVENANCE: Sold, Christie's, London, February 10, 1986, lot 128

NOTE: The model for these griffins is from William Chamber's drawing printed in the 1791 third edtion of his Treatise on Civil Architecture.

Sotheby's. Fine English Furniture, Ceramics & Carpets. 22 Oct 10, New York www.sothebys.com