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    Sale 7713

    Furniture & Clocks

    23 April 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 216

    A PAIR OF FRENCH ORMOLU CENTREPIECES

    AFTER THE MODEL BY PIERRE-PHILIPPE THOMIRE, OF RECENT MANUFACTURE

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF FRENCH ORMOLU CENTREPIECES
    AFTER THE MODEL BY PIERRE-PHILIPPE THOMIRE, OF RECENT MANUFACTURE
    Each with three classically-draped maidens holding aloft a pierced foliate-cast basket, above a concave-sided plinth decorated in relief with winged putti bearing floral garlands, on paw feet, above a circular base
    20¾ in. (53 cm.) high; 9¾ in. (24.5 cm.) diameter (2)


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    This centrepiece is closely related to an example by Pierre-Philippe Thomire, maître-fondeur in 1772, certainly conceived to form part of a surtout de table and standing on a mirrored plateau with further decorative items. A related centerpiece executed by Thomire, with maidens standing on a closely related concave-sided base is in the Musée Marmottan, Paris (H. Ottomeyer, P. Pröschel, et al., Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, vol. I, p.382, fig. 5.16.2), while a further example attributed to Thomire and formerly the property of King Umberto II of Italy, was sold anonymously, Christie's, London, 9 December 2004, lot 42 (£77,675 with premium).

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