PAIR OF ORMOLU-MOUNTED GRIOTTE MARBLE ORNAMENTAL VASES
They are signed “Eugène CORNU, Bard des Italiens 24, Paris 1873.”
These baluster-shaped ornamental Griotte marble vases called « pots à feu » present a decoration of twist channels, recessed panels and mouldings. They are enhanced with ormolu ornamentation consisting in rosettes of swirling acanthus, beadings, ribbon-tied oak leaves garlands and reeds. The handles of gilt bronze present square section and are enhanced by matted bands on all faces.
Height : 33 inches (84 cm)
Width : 18 ¾ inches (48 cm)
This model of vases was exhibited at the Universal Exhibition of Vienna in 1873 and is listed in the 8th group (industry and metals), Section C (items made of other metals and alloys), under n° 1577. CORNU et Cie, Eugène. Successor de G. Viot et Cie, Paris, rue Popincourt, 29, Magasins boulevard des Italiens 24. Productions of items in marble, Algerian onyx and other marbles, bronzes for decoration and furniture enamels. And at the 1878 World Fair exhibited as a candelabra (see documentation).
Universal exhibitions :
Silver medal, Paris 1855
Prize medal, London 1862
Gold medal, Paris 1867
Sculptor Eugène Cornu (dead in 1875) collaborated with G.Viot and Cie, located in Paris at the 24 boulevard des Italiens. They realized high standard decorative works characterized by the association of bronze, onyx and enamel. In 1867, they exhibited at the Paris Exposition universelle an impressive onyx bronze enamel pair of vases. (signed « G. Viot et Cie, exhibited in 1867, Eugene Cornu Inventeur » ;catalogue Officiel de l’Exposition, groupe III, classe XIV, « meuble de luxe », n°65). This creation was so successful for the jury, therefore they won a gold medal (international jury rapports, 1867 Paris exposition universelle,1868,t. III, groupe III, classe XV, chapter II, §2, P 45 & 46). Thanks to their onyx mines in Oran, G. Viot & Cie (onyx marble of Algiers Company) realized works inspired by famous models sculptors such as Albert Carrier- Belleuse (1824- 1887) or Charles Cordier (1827- 1905). Eugène Cornu, the owner of the onyx and marble career in Algiers, became director of the Viot Company ; It was one of the first company to use enamel in bronze decor furniture. Created in the mid 19th century, the company lasts until the early 20th century.