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    Sale 7812

    Belgravia and Lake Geneva - Two European Collections

    14 May 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 206

    A PAIR OF FRENCH BLUE-PAINTED AND PARCEL-GILT ATHENIENNES

    CIRCA 1860

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF FRENCH BLUE-PAINTED AND PARCEL-GILT ATHENIENNES
    CIRCA 1860
    EACH WITH CIRCULAR BRêCHE VIOLETTE MARBLE TOP ABOVE A FRIEZE CARVED WITH ENTWINED DOLPHINS, SUPPORTED BY THREE RAM'S-HEADED MONOPODIAE JOINED BY A CIRCULAR STRETCHER, TERMINATING IN PIEDS-DE-BîCHE, ON A CONCAVE-SIDED TRIANGULAR BASE, LACKING ONE SIDE OF BASE, INSCRIBED '5441, 9269, M4887'
    19 in. (48.5 cm.) diam.; 36¾ in. (92 cm.) high (2)


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    Similar atheniennes can be seen in an engraving by J.J. Filipart, published in 1765 entitled La vertueuse Athénienne. Originally taken from a painting by Joseph-Marie Vien, executed in 1763 and called Prêtesse qui brûle de l'encens sur un trépied. Eberts, who published the engraving, produced his own tripod table a decade later, naming it Athénienne, after Filipart's curious title. (S. Eriksen, Early Neo-classicism in France London 1974p. 385, pl. 370).

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    Provenance

    The Espirito Santo Collection, sold Christie's London, 12 December 1996, lot 60.