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    Sale 1940

    19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art and Ceramics

    25 October 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 464

    A PAIR OF ORMOLU-MOUNTED JAPANESE PORCELAIN VASES

    THE PORCELAIN 18TH CENTURY, THE BRONZES 19TH CENTURY

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    A PAIR OF ORMOLU-MOUNTED JAPANESE PORCELAIN VASES
    THE PORCELAIN 18TH CENTURY, THE BRONZES 19TH CENTURY
    Decorated overall with loose floral sprays and flower-filled vases, each with foliate-cast rim above a tapering neck joined to a bulbous body by acanthus clasps, on a scrolled rocaille foot
    33¼ in. (84.5 cm.) high, overall (2)


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    This large and impressive pair, each formed of two smaller Japanese porcelain vases joined by European gilt-bronze, illustrate the Marchand-Mercier's practice of design through assembly of a variety of luxury objects, a practice discussed in depth by C. Sargentson in Merchants and Luxury Markets: The Marchands Merciers of Eighteenth-Century Paris, London, 1996. The privilege to keep such a range of material, not to mention the compounded right to assemble them in such a whimsical manner, was one of the prerogatives granted to the mercers' guild in their corporate statutes.

    Provenance

    Bonham's London, 13 June 2002, lot 355.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE HODROFF COLLECTION