22 May 2008
Jean-Guillaume Moitte (Paris 1746-1810)
Design for a tureen with lion's head handles
black lead, pen and grey ink, grey wash
12½ x 17 5/8 in. (31.8 x 44.8 cm.)
Henri Auguste, until 1810.
J.B.C. Odiot, his studio stamp and number '150'.
With Hazlitt, Gooden and Fox, 1989.
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C. Fregnac, Les Grands Orfévres de Louis XIII à Charles X, Paris, 1965, p. 254
The snakes coiled round the central support and the four pilasters give this tureen a solidly architectural feel. While the design would have been easily adapted to marble or stone it is unlikely that it was ever executed in silver.
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