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A PAIR OF EMPIRE ORMOLU AND PATINATED BRONZE VASES
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A PAIR OF EMPIRE ORMOLU AND PATINATED BRONZE VASES

FIRST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY, ATTRIBUTED TO CLAUDE GALLE

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A PAIR OF EMPIRE ORMOLU AND PATINATED BRONZE VASES
First quarter 19th century, attributed to Claude Galle
Each of elongated ovoid shape with a waisted neck and gadrooned rim, decorated with anthemion and palmette bands and flanked by winged putti issuing from scrolling foliate handles above griffins and bearded masks, the waisted soccle and spreading foot on a hexagonal plinth decorated with putti, scrolling foliage and exotic birds, above a stepped and moulded base, restoration to one arm
21 in. (53.5 cm.) high (2)
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Lot Essay

These vases' characteristic form of handle, with a winged cherub issuing from a griffin, and their slender elongated shape, are both typical for the oeuvre of Claude Galle (1759-1815). Apprenticed to Pierre Foy during the latter years of the reign of Louis XVI, Galle became a master in 1786. He flourished during the Empire, when he supplied bronzes to Compiègne, Versailles and the Grand Trianon, but also to various other Courts in Europe. These present vases are related to Galle's 'maiden' vases, and his popular series of ewers, examples of which are illustrated in H. Ottomeyer/P. Pröschel, Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, vol. I, figs. 5.12.6, 5.12.8 and 5.12.9, pp. 364-365.
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