29 September 1999
A PAIR OF FRENCH BRONZE-MOUNTED POLYCHROME CLOISONNE ENAMELLED URNS ON BRONZE STANDS
The mounts possibly by Ferdinand Barbedienne, circa 1870
Each turquoise-ground urn with polychrome floral and dragon reliefs, the lip set with six dragons heads and two large pierced scrolled handles, the feet mounted with four turtles, on scrolled-trunk elephant head legs, the gilt-brass base with pierced apron, on bracket legs with paw feet, the liners removable
79in. (204.5cm.) high, 44in. (111.75cm.) diameter, the base 27in. (70.25cm.) square (2)
By repute, the Imperial Palace, Beijing.
Emperor Napoleon III, the Tuileries Palace.
The Counts Burnay, Portugal.
Anonymous sale, Irineu Angulo auction house, Sao Paolo, 12 April 1948, lot 514.
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Please note the description for this lot should read:
A PAIR OF FRENCH BRONZE-MOUNTED CHINESE POLYCHROME CLOISONNE ENAMELLED URNS ON HARDWOOD STANDS, the mounts possibly by Ferdinand Barbedienne circa 1870
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