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    Sale 7464

    Un hôtel particulier du Faubourg Saint-Germain The Collection of The Marquis and Marquise de Ravenel

    21 - 22 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 114

    A PAIR OF LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED CUT-GLASS VASES AND COVERS

    LATE 18TH CENTURY, IN THE MANNER OF ANTOINE-PHILIPPE PAJOT, POSSIBLY NORTH EUROPEAN

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    A PAIR OF LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED CUT-GLASS VASES AND COVERS
    LATE 18TH CENTURY, IN THE MANNER OF ANTOINE-PHILIPPE PAJOT, POSSIBLY NORTH EUROPEAN
    Each with faceted lid with later berried finial, the baluster bodies with twin eagle-head handles flanked by ram's masks and berried husk swags, on foliate cast spreading socles and square bases, minor differences in mounts and glass
    11¾ in. (30 cm.) high (2)


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    This ormolu-enriched 'sacred-urn' garniture, designed in the 1770s fashion to evoke Love's triumph in Antiquity, comprises reed-scalloped and swan-egg 'crystal' glass vases that are enwreathed by diamond-cut ribbon-bands. Conceived as bacchic wine-krater vases nestled amongst Arcadian 'Pan' reeds, the vases' pearled and thyrsus-finialed dome lids are guarded by 'Apollo' swans, which bear the deity's Mt. Parnassus laurels that garland bacchic ram masks. The brand of the rue Bar-du-Bac fondeur-ciseleur Antoine-Philippe Pajot (d.1781) has been recorded on the mounts of similarly cut vases from the collection of Mrs. Elizabeth Parke Firestone (sold Christie's New York, 16 March 1991, lot 868). A blue glass vase, with similar palm and laurel-wreathed mounts to the latter, was formerly in the collection of Sigismond Bardac (sold Paris, 10 May 1920, lot 60). The 1777 inventory of Pajot's premises records his manufacture of such vases in 'cristal de roche' for the rue Meslée marchand-mercier Antoine Magnier.

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