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A PAIR OF CHARLES X ORMOLU-MOUNTED CUT-GLASS VASES
A PAIR OF CHARLES X ORMOLU-MOUNTED CUT-GLASS VASES
A PAIR OF CHARLES X ORMOLU-MOUNTED CUT-GLASS VASES
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A PAIR OF RUSSIAN ORMOLU-MOUNTED CUT-GLASS VASES

IMPERIAL GLASS FACTORY, THE MOUNTS POSSIBLY BY PIERRE-PHILIPPE THOMIRE, CIRCA 1820

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A PAIR OF RUSSIAN ORMOLU-MOUNTED CUT-GLASS VASES
IMPERIAL GLASS FACTORY, THE MOUNTS POSSIBLY BY PIERRE-PHILIPPE THOMIRE, CIRCA 1820
Each with upright mask handles above a baluster body, on a stepped plinth
18 ½ in. (47 cm.) high
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A PAIR OF RUSSIAN ORMOLU-MOUNTED CUT-GLASS VASES
IMPERIAL GLASS FACTORY, THE MOUNTS POSSIBLY BY PIERRE-PHILIPPE THOMIRE, CIRCA 1820

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The present model is likely based on a design by Ivan Ivanov who was director of the Imperial Glass Factory from 1815-1848 and responsible for most of the designs for colored glass or crystal pieces executed for the Imperial family. The factory is recorded to have said that "Ivanov makes drawings of items chiefly made for presentation to the emperor; his items are marked by the fineness of form and deserve every praise" (T. Malinina, Russian Glass of the 17th-20th Centuries, The Corning Museum of Glass, New York, 1990, p. 32).

The fine ormolu mounts appear to be of French origin and are possibly by the celebrated Parisian bronzier Pierre-Philippe Thomire (1751-1843). Compare the handles to a vase by Thomire illustrated in Decorative Bronzes of Pierre-Phillipe Thomire, Exhibition Catalogue, The Hermitage, 1984 no. 32, p. 30. It is likely that the Imperial Glass Factory would have sourced ormolu of this quality from France; encouraged by the absence of Russian import duties on French bronzes at the time.

A nearly identical pair of vases sold Christie's, London, 9 December 2010, lot 202 (£55,250)

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