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    Sale 7445

    Important European Furniture, Sculpture and Tapestries

    6 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 184

    A PAIR OF EMPIRE ORMOLU, PATINATED BRONZE AND ROUGE GRIOTTE MARBLE EWERS

    ATTRIBUTED TO CLAUDE GALLE, CIRCA 1810

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF EMPIRE ORMOLU, PATINATED BRONZE AND ROUGE GRIOTTE MARBLE EWERS
    ATTRIBUTED TO CLAUDE GALLE, CIRCA 1810
    Each with ovoid tapering body decorated with a mask and sea horses, surmounted by a pinched neck and everted spout, flanked by a griffin-headed handle, on a waisted base and moulded foot
    15 in. (38 cm.) high


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    These vases' characteristic slender elongated shape, with a winged griffin handle accentuating a deeply scrolled spout, is typical for the oeuvre of Claude Galle (1759-1815). Apprenticed to Pierre Foy during the later years of the reign of Louis XVI, Galle became a master in 1786. He flourished during the Empire, when he supplied bronzes to Compiègne, Versailles and the Grand Trianon, but also to various other courts in Europe. These present vases are related to Galle's 'maiden' vases and his popular series of ewers, examples of which remain at Pavlovsk, and which are illustrated in H. Ottomeyer/P. Pröschel, Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, vol. I, figs. 5.12.6 and 5.12.9, pp. 364-365 and A. de Gourcuff (ed.), Pavlovsk: The Palace and the Park, Paris, 1993, p. 121.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN (LOTS 183-184)