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A LOUIS-PHILIPPE GILT-BRONZE MOUNTED COVERED VASE, CIRCA 1840, BY THOMIRE & CIE

UK: Greenford Park Warehouse

Estimate:

10,000

to
- 15,000 GBP

PROPERTY OF A LADY

A LOUIS-PHILIPPE GILT-BRONZE MOUNTED COVERED VASE, CIRCA 1840, BY THOMIRE & CIE

A LOUIS-PHILIPPE GILT-BRONZE MOUNTED COVERED VASE, CIRCA 1840, BY THOMIRE & CIE

Estimate:

10,000

to
- 15,000 GBP

Lot sold:

40,000

GBP

PROPERTY OF A LADY


A LOUIS-PHILIPPE GILT-BRONZE MOUNTED COVERED VASE, CIRCA 1840, BY THOMIRE & CIE


the later lid with a child sleeping on a dog, the handles richly decorated with birds, serpents and putti, the body with grotesque notifs, the base of the vase signed THOMIRE A PARIS, on a later gilt-bronze mounted mahogany pedestal

vase: 78cm. high, 43cm. wide, 24cm. deep; 2ft. 6¾in., 1ft. 4¾in., 9½in.

pedestal: 100cm. high, 38cm. diameter; 3ft. 3⅜in., 1ft. 3in.

In overall good condition. As stated in the printed catalogue, the lid is later. The gilt bronze with minor scratches and very minor areas of rubbing and oxidation, consistent with age and use. The mahogany with minor chipping to edges and scratches; the gilt-bronze mounts with minor tarnishing. One small moulding towards the top of the pedestal replaced, with minor varnish and glue residues.


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

This vase of rich ornamentation and intricate details illustrates the type of gilt-bronze vases in a Renaissance style that the Thomire & Cie workshop produced in the 1840s. Three Renaissance style vases 'riche d'ornements' of different sizes are recorded in the sale catalogue of the contents of Thomire & Cie in June 1853.


Key characteristics of this vase remind us of the work of Thomire and his workshop, namely the rich gilt-bronze decoration inspired from Renaissance, here seen through seated putti (as seen on numerous of his other vases, candelabra and clocks), the use of birds, foliate garlands and grotesque motifs. This richness in design is found for example on a mantel clock dated from 1840 sold Sotheby's New York, 26 April 2017, lot 188 ($56, 250). Interestingly the mask on the current lot is repeated on a small vase in relief on the aforementioned clock and on a clock sold Sotheby's London, 6 December 2006, lot 127.


Thomire & Cie

Pierre-Philippe Thomire (1751- 1843) was one of the most outstanding fondeur-doreur of the Empire period and worked under the ciseleur Gouthière. In 1774 he collaborated in the decoration of the coronation coach of Louis XVI and set up his own workshop the following year. He is known to have supplied mounts for furniture by the outstanding ébénistes of the time such as Beneman and Weisweiler. Thomire was a favourite of Napoléon who made him Ciseleur de l'Empereur in 1809. In 1811, he collaborated with the goldsmith Odiot and made the celebrated cradle for the King of Rome. After the Restauration, he worked for the Bourbons and was awarded the Légion d'Honneur by Louis-Philippe. He retired in 1823 though his firm Thomire et Cie continued until 1850.