[NUMBER 604] 604 PAIR OF TALL BRONZE ANDIRONS ITALIAN, 16TH CENTURY An exceedingly important pair composed of vase-shaped balusters, the lower member bulbous and with human grotesques above gadroons and guilloche bands; the upper member globular and sim-ilarly ornamented. The finials to harmonize, crested by a knob of four human masks. Triangular plinth, richly gadrooned and flanked on two sides with busts of Bacchic youths. The bases of boldly scrolled wrought iron. (2) Height, 42 inches These andirons furnished the Renaissance mantle Number 13 in « La Collection Spitzer », Paris, 1892, vol. 4, facing p. 103; Atlas, Plate XXXVII, No. 1273. From the Spitzer legacies. Inventory No. 4681. [SEE ILLUSTRATION] 302