• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 2203

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe Including Carpets from The Corcoran Gallery of Art

    24 November 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 40

    A PAIR OF LARGE ITALIAN GILT AND PATINATED BRONZE AND VERDE ANTICO MARBLE JARDINIERES

    SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY

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    A PAIR OF LARGE ITALIAN GILT AND PATINATED BRONZE AND VERDE ANTICO MARBLE JARDINIERES
    SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY
    Each gadrooned basin with overflowing water-cast rim and mounted with trailing foliage, supported by three Herculean figures draped in lion pelts, on a tripartite base with paw feet
    52¾ in. (134 cm.) high; 36 in. (91.5 cm.) diameter, the basins (2)


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    While characteristic in scale and execution of decorations in the 19th century, the decorative vocabulary on this pair of impressive jardinières is deeply rooted in Baroque furnishings of the 17th and 18th centuries. Of particular note are the figural bronze bases, which incorporate profuse C-scrolls and hairy-paw feet prevalent on bronze and giltwood stands preserved in both Italian private collections and the Capitoline Museum, Rome (see Il Mobile Barocco In Italia, Milan, 2000, pp 108-109).

    Upon closer inspection of the bases, traces of gilding are immediately apparent on both the bases and trailing foliage of the basins, speculating that the pair were perhaps intended for interior use within a palazzo style setting. Though now attractively oxidized from outdoor exposure, it is very likely the Herculean figures were originally patinated, whilst the scrolling decoration and paw feet were brightly gilt.