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    Sale 7631

    Important European Furniture & Sculpture

    4 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 122

    AN ITALIAN ORMOLU-MOUNTED PORPHYRY VASE

    LATE 18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY

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    AN ITALIAN ORMOLU-MOUNTED PORPHYRY VASE
    LATE 18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    The elongated ovoid-shaped vase with integrally-carved loop-handles and waisted neck with beaded edge surmounted by a domed lid with foliate-wrapped pointed finial, the waisted socle above a square stepped bianco e nero, giallo antico, Serpentina and white marble stepped base
    27½ in. (70 cm.) high


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    Provenance

    Acquired by Ogden Mills for the Hôtel de Broglie, 73 rue de Varenne, Paris.
    Thence by descent.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY (LOTS 122-127)

    Maison Granard, Rue de Varenne, Paris.
    A private residence since its construction, the hôtel at 73 rue de Varenne conceals behind its high walls a rich history and fine 18th century interior.
    Purchased in 1752 by Victor-François de Broglie, Duc de Broglie and Maréchal de France, the hôtel Julliet de Taverny was, until 1777, the residence of Abbé Charles-Maurice de Broglie, Bishop of Noyon. The Duc then decided to occupy the hôtel himself, at which point the central part of the building was extended two-fold towards the garden and was given a new façade by the architect Le Boursier. The walls of the main salon were at that time decorated with an elaborate boiserie carved with arabesques. Seized and stripped of its furnishings during the Revolution, the hôtel then changed hands and in the 19th century belonged to the Duchesse de Montebello, widow of Maréchal Lanne and former Lady-in-Waiting to Empress Marie-Louise.
    Purchased in 1910 by the American connoisseur and collector Ogden Mills, and then briefly occupied by the American Forces during the First World War, the hôtel was restored in the 1920s, re-awakening its 18th century interior with the acquisitions of the best furniture and decoration available in Paris at the time.

    The lots here offered have remained in the family since then.