Saturday June 6, 2020

Country house collection revives the riddle of the Sphinx

A pair of stone sphinxes, a rare child’s set of wrought iron garden furniture and splendid samples of work by Irish cabinet makers are among the offerings at Adam’s Townley sale

6th October, 2019
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A Regency bookcase

Around 9,500 BCE, a Greek with an over-active imagination dreamed up what has become one of civilisation’s most enduring icons – the Sphinx. This malevolent entity had the head of a woman, the body of a lion and it guarded the entrance to the Greek city of Thebes. To gain entry, one had to solve a riddle: “Which creature has one voice and yet becomes four-footed and two-footed and three-footed?” Those who failed to provide...

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