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    Sale 2034

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

    21 October 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 74

    A PAIR OF FRENCH ORNITHOLOGICAL PLATINUM-GROUND VASES

    CIRCA 1880, IMPRESSED B & CIE MARK, BROWN PAINTED RETAILER'S MARKS FOR CALDWELL OF PHILADELPHIA, SIGNED N. VIVIEN

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    A PAIR OF FRENCH ORNITHOLOGICAL PLATINUM-GROUND VASES
    CIRCA 1880, IMPRESSED B & CIE MARK, BROWN PAINTED RETAILER'S MARKS FOR CALDWELL OF PHILADELPHIA, SIGNED N. VIVIEN
    Oviform, each finely enameled in the Japonisme taste with an exotic South American bird perched among branches and flowering vine, the reverse with a similar hanging vine, the rim, shoulder and spreading foot enriched in gilt, the footrim with black tracery
    10¼ in. (26 cm.) high (2)


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    N. Vivien is recorded as a meticulous painter of birds often in association with platinum grounds. His work was exhibited at the Paris Universelle Exposition of 1878.