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    Sale 7586

    West ~ East - The Niall Hobhouse Collection

    22 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 117

    Jean-Guillaume Moitte (Paris 1746-1810)

    Design for a tureen with lion's head handles

    Price Realised  

    Jean-Guillaume Moitte (Paris 1746-1810)
    Design for a tureen with lion's head handles
    black lead, pen and grey ink, grey wash
    12½ x 17 5/8 in. (31.8 x 44.8 cm.)


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    The snakes coiled round the central support and the four pilasters give this tureen a solidly architectural feel. While the design would have been easily adapted to marble or stone it is unlikely that it was ever executed in silver.

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    Provenance

    Henri Auguste, until 1810.
    J.B.C. Odiot, his studio stamp and number '150'.
    With Hazlitt, Gooden and Fox, 1989.


    Literature

    C. Fregnac, Les Grands Orfévres de Louis XIII à Charles X, Paris, 1965, p. 254