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    Sale 5344

    Christie's Interiors

    15 January 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 376

    A LOUIS XIV STYLE BRONZE URN

    AFTER THE MODEL DESIGNED BY CLAUDE BALLIN (1615-1678), SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY

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    A LOUIS XIV STYLE BRONZE URN
    AFTER THE MODEL DESIGNED BY CLAUDE BALLIN (1615-1678), SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY
    Of baluster form with raised handles cast with Janus heads and boars' masks, bands of shell and acanthus leaves, Greek key and oak leaf decoration, the square base stamped MARNYHAG .. RUE DE LA PRIX
    16½in. (42cm.) high overall


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    This lot is one of thirteen different pairs of urns of larger size made for Louis XIV's grand formal garden at Versailles, to adorn the marble parapets separating the Parterre du Nord from the Parterre du Midi, where they are still in position. The 4th Marquess of Hertford (1800-1870), due to his friendship with Napoleon III, was granted permission (c. 1857) to have bronze casts of the urns made for the Chateau de Bagatelle, his estate outside of Paris. Other examples of the vases were cast for English collections by foundries such as Durenne, Dugel, A. Beurdeley, Barbezat et Cie and Barbedienne.

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