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A Monumental Pair of Gilt Bronze-Mounted Pink Granite Vases, the Mounts Circa 1840 After Designs by Jean-Louis Prieur or Jean-François Forty; the Vases Possibly Late 18th Century

Monumental Item

Estimate:

50,000

to
- 80,000 USD

A Monumental Pair of Gilt Bronze-Mounted Pink Granite Vases, the Mounts Circa 1840 After Designs by Jean-Louis Prieur or Jean-François Forty; the Vases Possibly Late 18th Century

A Monumental Pair of Gilt Bronze-Mounted Pink Granite Vases, the Mounts Circa 1840 After Designs by Jean-Louis Prieur or Jean-François Forty; the Vases Possibly Late 18th Century

Estimate:

50,000

to
- 80,000 USD

Lot sold:

50,400

USD

A Monumental Pair of Gilt Bronze-Mounted Pink Granite Vases, the Mounts Circa 1840 After Designs by Jean-Louis Prieur or Jean-François Forty; the Vases Possibly Late 18th Century

bronzes re-gilt


height 38 1/2 in.; width of base 13 1/2 in.; depth of base 13 1/2 in.

97.8 cm; 34.3 cm; 34.3 cm

Vases are in excellent condition for their age with a few signs of wear of losses, as is to be expected. Scattered small chips to moulded borders and losses to corners of square bases, these visible in catalogue and condition photos. Small chips and losses to circular rims to vases above these generally concealed by the gilt bronze lids. Circular mouldings along base of feet with four holes at 90 degree intervals for previous mounts or fittings, and holes are also present above the laurel garlands held by pair of herm figures, previously with gilt bronze roundels comparable to those fastening garlands on front and back of vases; two of these are detached but present. Otherwise the granite surface is in very good condition without apparent losses, abrasions, scratches or inherent cracks. Some of the gilt bronze foliate husks in the fluting with soldered repairs, and one husk lacking a section of approximately 2 in./ 5 cm. One bronze herm figure has a stable crack between the abdomen and foliate backing with a small loss to corner of foliage, which is not visually distracting. Some typical rubbing and oxidation to gilding, nothing significant. An extremely impressive and imposing model and a rare survival.


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.

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


*Symbol Definition (Monumental item):

Bernard Steinitz, Paris
C. Baulez, 'Le marquis de Marigny, le comte d’Angiviller et le goût des amateurs de porphyre à Paris au XVIIIe siècle', Porphyre, la pierre pourpre des Ptolémées aux Bonaparte, exhibition catalogue, Musée du Louvre, Paris 2003, p.152-162

J.-L. Gaillemin, Antiquaires. The Finest Antique Dealers in Paris, New York 2000, p.86-87

H. Ottomeyer and P. Pröschel, Vergoldete Bronzen: Die Bronzearbeiten des Spätbarock und Klassizimus, Munich 1986, Vol.I p.173

P. Verlet, Les bronzes dorés français du XVIIIe siècle, Paris 1987, p.130-32