• 19th Century Furniture, Sculpt auction at Christies

    Sale 2210

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

    20 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 40

    A PAIR OF FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED SANG DE BOEUF GROUND PORCELAIN VASES

    LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A PAIR OF FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED SANG DE BOEUF GROUND PORCELAIN VASES
    LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY
    Each dual-handled baluster vase with scrolled foliate cast rim centred on the front and reverse with a Bacchic mask, on a pierced foliate foot, the wood support on the underside of each inscribed MGM/XX3763
    28 in. (71 cm.) high (2)


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    Interestingly, the present pair of vases was acquired by MGM Studios in California to decorate the set of the 1938 film Marie Antoinette. The pair reappeared in the Cary Grant film Crisis in 1950 prior to their acquisition at public auction by the current owner in 1970.

    Provenance

    David Weisz Co., The Countless Treasures acquired from Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM), 3 May 1970, lot 298.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA