A pair of silvered and bronze hounds, North Italian, 17th Century.

The hounds, which are 12cm wide, are set on rectangular bases and ebonised stands and are depicted crouching, with menacing expressions. They were purchased by the 5th Earl of Exeter (1648-1700), whilst on the Grand Tour, and appear in the Burghley Inventory of 1688: “Drawing Roome, China and C. over ye Chimney and in the Chimney, 2 little brasse doggs on ebony pedistalls.”


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