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    Sale 7608

    Important European Furniture and Sculpture

    10 July 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 70

    A PAIR OF EMPIRE PATINATED BRONZE, ORMOLU, GIALLO ANTICO AND AFRICANO MARBLE TAZZE

    EARLY 19TH CENTURY

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    A PAIR OF EMPIRE PATINATED BRONZE, ORMOLU, GIALLO ANTICO AND AFRICANO MARBLE TAZZE
    EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    Each with circular dish supported by three shaped monopodiae headed by lion masks and joined by a tooled ring, centred by a spirally twisted tapering shaft with entwined serpent and surmounted by palmette motif, above a concave-sided tripartite stepped base with foliate moulding and on turned toupie feet, the base of one tazza with label numbered in black ink '3160', one tazza with replaced faux Giallo Antico marble dish, possibly originaly with larger bowls
    19 in. (48 cm.) high; 10½ in. (27 cm.) diameter (2)


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    Inspired by 'Antique' bronze tripods discovered in archaeological expeditions of the mid-18th Century, these athéniennes became particularly fashionable in the last decades of the 18th Century. One of the most celebrated examples of this form is the vase mounted by Pierre Gouthière (1732-1813) for the duc d'Aumont and now in the Wallace Collection, which is illustrated in J. Robiquet, Gouthière. Sa vie. Son oeuvre, Paris, 1912, pl. XII. Its three curved uprights headed by masks and framing a central shaft with entwined snake illustrate a design which was successfully used for guéridons, athéniennes and of course tazze.
    A pair of related tazze is in the Louvre, illustrated in H. Ottomeyer P. Pröschel, et al., Vergoldete Bronzen, vol. I, Munich, 1986, p. 267.

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