12 December 2002
A PAIR OF LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED MARBLE VASES
In the manner of Claude-Michel, dit Clodion, now mounted as lamps
Each of baluster form with strigulated necks fitted with berried and leaf-tipped ormolu rim, the frieze carved in relief with a drunken Bacchanalian festivity of nude putti, above a strigulated socle and twisted ribbon, raised on later ormolu-mounted white marble base, drilled for electricity
17½in. (44.5cm.) high, excluding fittings (2)
Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, Palm Beach, Florida, sold Sotheby's New York, 5 May 1984, lot 130.
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The design of the Bacchanalian reliefs reflect the influence of François Duquesnoy, as can be seen in the drawings in the Albertina, Vienna illustrated in M. Fransolet, François du Quesnoy, Brussels, 1941, pl.VI.
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