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A fine pair of Empire ormolu and patinaed bronze vases "aux amours".
Each of elongated ovoid shape with a waisted neck and gadrooned rim, decorated with anthemion and palmette bands and flanked by winged putti issuing from scrolling foliate handles above griffins and bearded masks, the waisted socle and spreading foot on a hexagonal plinth decorated with putti, scrolling foliage and exotic birds, above a stepped and moulded base, Attributed to Claude Galle.

A fine pair of Empire ormolu and patinaed bronze vases "aux amours". Attributed to Claude Galle, Paris, 1800 circa

Date:  1800 circa
Period:  1750-1850
Medium: Bronze, Gilt, gilt-bronze, Ormolu
Dimensions: 54 cm (21¹/₄ inches)
Provenance: North American collection
Literature: •Hans Ottomeyer and Peter Pröschel, “Vergoldete Bronzen”, 1986, p. 364, pl. 5.12.6 illustrating a pair of ewers with similarly styled winged female rather than putti herm handles by Claude Galle and p. 365, pls. 5.12.9, 5.12.10 and 5.12.11, respectively illustrating a pair of ewers, a vase-shaped clock and an urn (the latter two in Stockholm Castle) by Galle, all of which feature similar winged figures. And on the same page, pl. 5.12.12, illustrating a vase-shaped clock case by Galle with almost identical bearded male masks, in the Grand Palais Versailles.
•Arcadi Gaydamak, “Russian Empire, Architecture, Decorative and Applied Arts, Interior Decoration 1800-1830”, 2000, p. 237, illustrating a Russian silver gilt ewer in the State History Museum, Moscow that was inspired by the work of Claude Galle.
Categories: Works of Art