• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 2203

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe Including Carpets from The Corcoran Gallery of Art

    24 November 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 27

    A PAIR OF RUSSIAN ORMOLU-MOUNTED GREEN GRANITE CENTERPIECES

    EARLY 19TH CENTURY

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    A PAIR OF RUSSIAN ORMOLU-MOUNTED GREEN GRANITE CENTERPIECES
    EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    Each resting on tripartite winged lion monopodia supports
    12 in. (30.5 cm.) high, 10½ in. (17 cm.) diameter (2)


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    These impressive and sober pieces marry the Russian love of colorful stones with gilded and precisely chased ormolu mounts. The sturdy, almost monumental feeling ormolu supports are echoed in many Russian Empire pieces in ormolu as well as other materials. A similar gilt porcelain example of this support appears in the Babigon service made by the Imperial Porcelain Factory, 1824, and now in the State History Museum, Moscow (A. Gaydamak, Russian Empire: Architecture, Decorative and Applied Arts, Interior Decoration: 1800-1830, Moscow, 2000, p. 190).