24 February 2000
A Napoleon III ormolu-mounted Cipolino Verde marble lidded urn
In the Louis XVI Style, By Paul Sormani, Paris, Circa 1865
The domed lid with a berried finial, above the neck with a foliate-cast rim, flanked to each side by a bacchic nymph, holding a garland, on circular socle with stepped foot, signed to the back edge P. SORMANI PARIS
16 in. (41 cm.) high
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This urn is based on the model commissioned in 1780 by the Duchesse de Mazarin to Gouthière as a present for the Duc d'Aumont. It was later bought by Louis XVI at the Aumont sale.
For a note on Paul Sormani, see lot 191.
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