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    Sale 7464

    Un hôtel particulier du Faubourg Saint-Germain The Collection of The Marquis and Marquise de Ravenel

    21 - 22 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 161

    A PAIR OF ITALIAN ORMOLU AND BRONZE JARDINIÈRES

    SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY, AFTER THE ANTIQUE TO A DESIGN BY GIOVANNI ANTONIO BAYARDI

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    A PAIR OF ITALIAN ORMOLU AND BRONZE JARDINIÈRES
    SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY, AFTER THE ANTIQUE TO A DESIGN BY GIOVANNI ANTONIO BAYARDI
    Each with removable double swing handles issuing from Classical female masks above a tapering body with bands of stiff leaf and flowerhead decoration on zoomorphic monopodia feet, each with a later additional removable bronze lid, enclosing removable tin liners, one liner presently fixed
    16¾ in. (42.5 cm.) high; 14 in. (35.5 cm.) diameter (2)


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    These French-fashioned wine-bottle urns on tripod-altar plinths, are executed in gilt-enriched bronze and conceived in the Roman/Pompeian manner as lustral water-buckets (sceaux) for use at festive occasions. They have Apollo-headed handles, whose ribbon-ties feature bas-reliefs of griffin issuing from laurelled rainceau scrolls that are flowered with 'Venus' roses and 'Apollo' sunflowers. The Herculanium pattern, of these 'Sacrifical Vases' featured amongst the bronze 'furniture and vessels' illustrated in Giovanni Antonio Bayardi's Le Antichità di Ercolano Exposte, Vol. 6, Naples, 1767 p. 7. During the 1770s, the celebrated Rome-trained artist Jean-Guillaume Moitte (d.1810) was employed by the Parisian goldsmith Henri Auguste (d.1816) to translate the pattern for use as sideboard 'sceaux' (see Designing The Décor: French Drawings from the Eighteenth Century, no. 121). Replicas of the antiquity were also manufactured by Messrs. Chiurazzi of Naples.

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