• 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 189

    A PAIR OF MASSIVE ORMOLU-MOUNTED SARREGUEMINES SANG-DE-BOEUF GROUND VASES

    CIRCA 1865, IMPRESSED UPPERCASE MARK AND MODEL NO. 1881

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    A PAIR OF MASSIVE ORMOLU-MOUNTED SARREGUEMINES SANG-DE-BOEUF GROUND VASES
    CIRCA 1865, IMPRESSED UPPERCASE MARK AND MODEL NO. 1881
    Oviform, each pierced scrolling rim punctuated with shield cartouches, the neck gilt with stylized acanthus above an ogival band enriched with 'pearls', the body with a fierce dragon perched among branches and sprays of thistles, the reverse with a foliate scrollwork motif incorporating crossed thorn stems, flanked by upright acanthus scroll handles with bearded-mask terminals, on a pierced foot cast with berried laurel and raised on four scroll feet applied with rampant lions
    38¼ in. (97.2 cm.) high (2)


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    The manufacture formed by the partnership between Joseph Fabri and Franois-Paul Urtzschneider started producing ceramics in 1792 at Sarreguemines (Moselle). Under the direction of Alexander de Geiger, the factory underwent great expansion. By 1864 his son Paul de Geiger had become the technical director at the manufactory and is noted for developing a line of vases in the Renaissance revival taste. For a similar pair of silvered-bronze sang-de-boeuf vases gilt with rampant lions see Christie's, New York, 31 October 2000, lot 178. For a pair of Sarreguemines simulated porphyry vases see Christie's, London 7 December 2006, lot 16.