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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 133

    A PAIR OF ORMOLU ORNAMENTAL EWERS

    20TH CENTURY, AFTER THE MODEL BY CLODION

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    A PAIR OF ORMOLU ORNAMENTAL EWERS
    20TH CENTURY, AFTER THE MODEL BY CLODION
    19¼ in. (49 cm.) high (2)


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    The golden garniture of clodionesque ewers, wreathed by Jupiter'’s sacred oak, are of wine-krater form with handles of bacchic serpents. These rim guardians also serve to bind the heads of chimerical ram-horned dolphins above ribbon-bands, whose bas-reliefs evoke the banquets of the gods with the crowning of the Arcadian satyr Pan and a bacchante. Designs, in the manner of Clodion (d.1814), for related vases with serpent and horned dolphin handles were in the collection of Hippolyte Destailleur (d.1892), and are discussed, together with the bronzes d'’ameublement of the Parisian ondoeur i of Ferdinand Barbedienne (d.1892) in Anne L. Poulet, Clodion, Paris, 1992, no. 5.

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