View full screen - View 1 of Lot 36. A gilt-bronze mounted blue enameled porcelain group with an ostrich egg, China and Japan, Edo period, 18th century and Louis XVI, circa 1780 | Groupe en porcelaine émaillée bleu turquoise, Chine, début XVIIIe siècle, oeuf d'autruche, Japon, époque Edo, XVIIIe siècle et monture de bronze doré d'époque Louis XVI, vers 1780.
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A gilt-bronze mounted blue enameled porcelain group with an ostrich egg, China and Japan, Edo period, 18th century and Louis XVI, circa 1780 | Groupe en porcelaine émaillée bleu turquoise, Chine, début XVIIIe siècle, oeuf d'autruche, Japon, époque Edo, XVIIIe siècle et monture de bronze doré d'époque Louis XVI, vers 1780

A gilt-bronze mounted blue enameled porcelain group with an ostrich egg, China and Japan, Edo period, 18th century and Louis XVI, circa 1780 | Groupe en porcelaine émaillée bleu turquoise, Chine, début XVIIIe siècle, oeuf d'autruche, Japon, époque Edo, XVIIIe siècle et monture de bronze doré d'époque Louis XVI, vers 1780

A gilt-bronze mounted blue enameled porcelain group with an ostrich egg, China and Japan, Edo period, 18th century and Louis XVI, circa 1780 | Groupe en porcelaine émaillée bleu turquoise, Chine, début XVIIIe siècle, oeuf d'autruche, Japon, époque Edo, XVIIIe siècle et monture de bronze doré d'époque Louis XVI, vers 1780

A gilt-bronze mounted blue enameled porcelain group with an ostrich egg, China and Japan, Edo period, 18th century and Louis XVI, circa 1780


decorated with three characters surmounted by a painted egg with birds


Height. 13⅝in, width. 5½in ; Haut. 35 cm, Larg. 14 cm

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Groupe en porcelaine émaillée bleu turquoise, Chine, début XVIIIe siècle, oeuf d'autruche, Japon, époque Edo, XVIIIe siècle et monture de bronze doré d'époque Louis XVI, vers 1780


décoré de trois personnages et surmonté d'un oeuf à décor polychrome d'oiseaux

Illustration are accurate. good overall condition despite the inevitable scratches and dents due to age and use. One foot is restored. One foot partly later. 

Gilt-bronze tarnished in places. The egg with a hole at base for the construction. Some stains on places. Some wear to the paint. A few minute chips to the lacquer on the surface of the egg. The figures with a few chips and wear on exposed areas. One pen holder is broken. Two chips at the base of a figure. The branches above the figures were probably originally fitted with porcelain flowers.


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.

The painted ostrich egg is a curious and precious object, a pair of which was on the Paris art market in 2002 (Maurice Segoura Gallery). The manner in which they were presented, with a gilt-bronze mount and the addition of Chinese porcelain, demonstrates an extreme sophistication.


At the Petit Trianon in Versailles is an ostrich egg painted by Lebel, resting on a turned ivory base, said to be the work of Madame Adélaïde (1732-1800), fourth daughter of Louis XV.

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L’œuf d’autruche peint constitue un objet curieux et précieux par sa nature, une paire se trouvait en 2002 sur le marché de l’art parisien (galerie Maurice Segoura). La manière dont ils étaient présentés, avec une monture de bronze doré et l’ajout de porcelaine de Chine témoigne d’un raffinement extrême. 


Au Petit Trianon, à Versailles se trouve un œuf d’autruche peint par Lebel. Il repose sur un pied en ivoire tourné qui serait l’œuvre de Madame Adélaïde (1732-1800), quatrième fille du roi Louis XV.