H: 20.5 in / 52 cmDescription
A Pair of Gilt Bronze Mounted Urns In the Louis XVI Manner
Constructed in Carrara marble and gilt bronze; rising from square bases, having stiff leaf foliates on the upper quadrants; the urns of baluster form, adorned with swagged drapes of flowering roses, conjoined with lovers’ bows; the handles of intertwined double serpents, with pine cone finials.
French, Circa 1870
A similar pair, possibly even from the same workshop, are illustrated Ottomeyer & Pröschel. Vergoldete Bronzen: Bronzearbeiten des Spätbarock und Klassizismus, pl. XLVIII, p. 315, circa 1870 and from the collection at Schloß Haimhausen. The model follows Louis XV/XVI patterns from the third quarter of the eighteenth-century, whilst the entwined snakes were used extensively in the second half of the eighteenth-century, notably by Jean-Guillaume Moite, who supplied designs for use by William Beckford at Fonthill Abbey, as well as designs published by Ennemond Alexandre Petitot and Gilles-Paul Cauvet.REF No. 8275