The perfume-burner or 'athenienne' is conceived as a festive Grecian tripod altar celebrating Love's triumph. Deriving from its Bacchic thyrsus-finiale, the tazza is fitted between tripod feet, which terminate in Bacchic lion paws. While the legs are enriched with bas-reliefs of Hymen's palm-flowered torches, the tazza displays tablets of bacchic trophies in pedestal-supported and swan-guarded urns, and these alternate with palm-flowered swans drinking at a fountain. The swans evoke the triumphal chariot of Venus as Nature deity. Its Bacchic pattern derives from Percier and Fontaine's, Recueil de décorations, published in 1801.