• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7784

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    10 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 868

    A PAIR OF FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED MARBLE VASES MOUNTED AS LAMPS

    LATE 19TH CENTURY

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    A PAIR OF FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED MARBLE VASES MOUNTED AS LAMPS
    LATE 19TH CENTURY
    Each with a stiff-leaf cast domed lid above a tapering Villefranche de Conflent marble body flanked by bearded Bacchic masks and hung with berried vine swags, the tripod stand with twinned foliate-wrapped hoof feet, above a floral-wreathed circular Levanto rouge marble base with central rosette and bun feet, drilled for electricity, with silk shades
    19¼ in. (49 cm.) high [without shade, to top of vase]; 33 in. (84 cm.) overall [with shade] (2)


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    Dating from the late nineteenth century these vases are in the Louis XVI 'antique' style of a century earlier. The neoclassical revival promoted by the great marchands-merciers during the 1770s pandered to the aspirations of the noblesse and created a whirlwind fashion for the 'goût grec'. These vases recall Grecian athéniennes and their tapering bodies with Bacchic masks hung with floral swags and supported by ram's hoof monopodia closely relate to a jardinière, circa 1785, in the J. Paul Getty Museum (see G. Wilson & C. Hess, Summary Catalogue of European Decorative Arts in the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 2001, p. 137, pl. 277). The revival of the Louis XVI style in the ninetheenth century was led by Empress Eugénie and the use here of pink marble richly ornamented in gilt-bronze perfectly encapsulates the luxuriant tastes of the Second Empire.

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    Provenance

    By repute, with the Borromeo family, Milan.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
    (LOTS 867-873)