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.