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    Sale 7597

    Important Silver

    10 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 135

    A IMPORTANT FRENCH SILVER-GILT EWER AND BASIN

    MARK OF ABEL-ETIENNE GIROUX, PARIS, 1798-1809

    Price Realised  

    A IMPORTANT FRENCH SILVER-GILT EWER AND BASIN
    MARK OF ABEL-ETIENNE GIROUX, PARIS, 1798-1809
    The baluster ewer on a milled and stiff leaf spreading foot with a ribbon tied reeded knop, the lower body applied with alternating husk and entrelacs strapwork, separated with engraved foliage and flowers on a textured ground, the upper body applied with scrolling foliage heightened with female and dolphin masks, applied on each side with a classical bust medallion, the neck with a band of vitruvian scrolls and masks, the handle cast as a rampant panther terminating at the body in a mask, the rim of the oval basin similarly decorated, the ewer marked underneath, on foot rim and near rim, the basin marked underneath and on rim
    The ewer 12½ in. (32 cm.) high
    The basin 16¼ in. (41.2 cm.) wide
    102½ oz. (3,191 gr.) (2)


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    This ewer is directly inspired by the silver-gilt ewer by Nicolas Delaunay, Paris, 1696-7 made for the private altar service of Cardinal Louis-Joseph de Montmorency-Laval and now at Poitiers Cathedral (M. Bimbenet-Privat, Les Orfèvres et L'Orfèvrerie de Paris au XVIIe Siècle, Paris, 2002, p. 244-247).

    Delaunay had been influenced by the Renaissance studies of antique vases published in Italy in the 1530s. The unusual form of the handle, modelled as a standing panther, first appears in the works of Enea Vico, published in 1533, after the Roman engravers Agostino Veneziano and Marcantonio. The panther handle was later adapted by C. C. Cimmert in an engraving of 1679, published in Joachim von Sandart's Der Tentschen Academie, which depicts antique vases in an arcadian landscape. It is to this engraving that the handle is most closely related.

    Delaunay's ewer was greatly admired by subsequent bronziers with many copies and interpretations in ormolu appearing throughout the 18th and 19th centuries (Christie's New York, 10 October 2001, lot 224).


    IMAGE CAPTION
    Drawing of a Ewer by Enea Vico, 1533

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN COLLECTOR
    (Lots 112-148)