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A pair of George V silver-gilt ewers, after a design by Sigisbert-François Michel (1728-1811), Goldsmith's & Silversmith's Co. Ltd., London, 1923
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A pair of George V silver-gilt ewers, after a design by Sigisbert-François Michel (1728-1811), Goldsmith's & Silversmith's Co. Ltd., London, 1923
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Details & Cataloguing

Style: European Silver, Ceramics, and Objects of Vertu

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A pair of George V silver-gilt ewers, after a design by Sigisbert-François Michel (1728-1811), Goldsmith's & Silversmith's Co. Ltd., London, 1923
the necks straddled by a satyr and a triton holding stylised ram and dolphin masks, incorporating entwined sinous handles, each applied with swags of fruiting vines and seaweeds above stiff-leaf lower bodies, on spreading fluted circular bases with acanthus rims, each on a square pedestal foot with geometric borders
43.5cm., 17 1/8 in. high
7511gr., 241oz. 10dwt.
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Provenance

Christie's, Paris, 7 March 2017, lot 138

Catalogue Note

The design of these ewers originated in a pair of plaster vases, one decorated with a triton and one with a satyr, symbolising water and wine, exhibited at the Académie de Saint-Luc in Paris in 1774 by Sigisbert-François Michel (1728-1811), nephew of Claude Michel, known as Clodion (1738-1814).

John Flaxman (1726-95) provided designs and plaster models for the ewers and invoiced Josiah Wedgwood in 1775 for 'A pair of vases, one with a satyr & the other with a Triton Handle £3.3s.' (Wedgwood Archives, University of Keele, L1-204). The plasters are in the Wedgwood Archives with subsequent models forged in bronze, malachite and porcelain.

Style: European Silver, Ceramics, and Objects of Vertu

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London