A very unusual early 18th century Palladian period carved giltwood wall bracket in the manner of William Kent, crested by a boldly carved flower spray issued from a horn of plenty above acanthus scrolls to the side resting upon a Venus shell with gadrooned shelf in front supported by a pierced volute with acanthus leaf decoration. William Kent’s influence on contemporary fashion was very strong. Bold carving, gadrooning, maritime devices like the Venus shell as well as the architectural features, here in the form of a volute, were all part of Kent's 'architectural' design repertoire of the Palladian period.
Literature: Oliver Brackett, ‘An Encyclopaedia of English Furniture’, London 1927, pp. 190/191. Margaret Jourdain, ‘The Work of William Kent’, London, 1948, p.135, fig.74. Furniture History Journal 1993, p. 62, fig.3, ‘Design for the Prince of Wales State Barge’, published by John Vardy in 1744 after designs by William Kent.
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