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    Sale 7745

    Important European Furniture, Sculpture & Clocks

    9 July 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 42

    A PAIR OF EMPIRE ORMOLU EWERS

    EARLY 19TH CENTURY, AFTER THE MODEL BY ANTOINE-ANDRE RAVRIO

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    A PAIR OF EMPIRE ORMOLU EWERS
    EARLY 19TH CENTURY, AFTER THE MODEL BY ANTOINE-ANDRE RAVRIO
    Each with ovoid tapering body surmounted by a waisted neck and outscrolled spout centred by a Bacchic mask and flanked by a griffin-headed and foliate-cast handle, above a spreading base and a slate socle, the socle probably later
    19¾ in. (50 cm.) high (2)


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    The slender and elongated shape of these ewers, with their griffin handles accentuating deeply scrolled spouts, has been linked to the bronziers André-Antoine Ravrio (1759-1814) and Claude Galle (1759-1815), both of whom flourished during the Empire.
    An 1812 portrait by Henri-François Riesener depicting Ravrio standing by a griffin-headed ewer closely related to the present lot, is in the Musée du Louvre, Paris (ill. in H. Ottomeyer & P. Pröschel, Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, vol. I, p. 690, fig. 16), while further related examples include a pair of ormolu ewers from the Wildentstein Collection, sold at Christie's, London 14-15 December 2005, lot 368, and another attributed to Ravrio, the body similarly applied in relief with a winged maiden, offered at Sotheby's, London, 8 July 2008, lot 220. H. Ottomeyer, P. Pröschel illustrate a related pair probably by Galle (Ibid, p. 364, fig. 5.12.6), while A. de Gourcuff illustrates a further pair in (ed.), Pavlovsk: The Palace and the Park, Paris, 1993, p. 121.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN