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Pair of Louis XVI Style Porphyry Urns, after Pierre Gouthière

$48,840.75

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A pair of Louis XVI style gilt bronze mounted porphyry urns, after the Model by Pierre Gouthière. Each urn is of neoclassical design, each with a circular base and a triform frame with a coiled snake in the center. The gilt bronze supports are cast with a satyr's mask amidst a fruiting vine and terminate in hairy hoof feet. The urn shaped porphyry bodies have fixed covers surmounted by gilt bronze fruiting vine finials. The vases illustrate the enduring fascination for porphyry since Antiquity and the French taste to have the valuable stone mounted with rich and finely chiseled gilt bronze mounts in the Louis XVI style. The model for the present is related to the famous Duke of Aumont perfume burner, now in the Wallace Collection, London (illustrated in Hughes, op. cit., p. 1341, no. 275, F292). The perfume burner features the same scrolled supports with vine leaf and grape swags joined by a pierced guilloche stretcher centered by a serpent as on the present pair. The Wallace perfume burner, probably after a design by François-Joseph Bélanger was recorded in the inventory after the death of the Duc d'Aumont in 1782. The mounts were securely attributed to Gouthière based on the statement in the d'Aumont sale catalogue, where it appeared under the heading 'tous les Ovrages de son (Gouthière's) execution ...' which were indicated by the letter G. There is also an engraving in the d'Aumont sale catalogue of the perfume burner. The sale of the Duke of Aumont's collection was a great success, with Marie-Antoinette and Louis XVI acquiring some of the most important objects. Ornamentalists and bronziers were inspired too by these masterpieces and disseminated new models where their imagination merged with these models.

Details

  • Similar to
    Pierre Gouthiere (Metalworker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 19.3 in. (49 cm)Width: 7.88 in. (20 cm)Depth: 5.52 in. (14 cm)
  • Style
    Louis XVI (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1870
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: B601531stDibs: LU1028022018192

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    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: London, United Kingdom
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