Width: 16” 41cm
William Kent was amongst the first British architects and designers to pay attention to every element of a house. This included the grounds, the exterior and the interior of the house. The interiors were on such a grand scale and often so minimally furnished that it was essential that the furniture was of sufficient grandeur or scale. This minimal quantity of furnishing also means that Kent furniture is extraordinarily hard to find.
These magnificent brackets are very much in this vein. Their boldness and scale are very much as one would expect and the motifs employed conform to designs attributed to William Kent. The volutes, fish scale background, bell flowers and acanthus leaves may all be seen in his work, particularly on the pair of pedestals supplied to Lord Burlington by Kent and carved by John Boson for the Garden Room at Chiswick House, circa 1735.
Private Collection, California, USA
William Kent, Designing Georgian Britain. p. 512 fig. 18.63