Style Napoleon III / Ref.11249
Pair of cassolettes with blowers and griffins, in Napoleon III style, in Vert de Mer, Jaune de Sienne marble and gilded bronze.
Width: 7'' ⅞ 20cm
Height: 19'' ¾ 50cm
Depth: 7'' ⅞ 20cm
France, 19th century
Very nice pair of antique Napoleon III style cassolettes made out of gilded and chiseled bronze, Siena yellow and sea green marbles, revealing a beautiful polychrome.
The work of bronze is quite interesting, especially in the patterns of griffins and players of aulos. Wind instrument very used during the Antiquity in religious rites, the aulos is composed mainly of a pipe pierced with holes, most often played in pairs.
The general shape of these cassolettes is reminiscent of the Athenian, sort of pedestal table with three high feet supporting a shelf or a basin, forming a cassolette, a burning-perfume or a basin to wash the hands. Appeared at the end of the 18th century, the Athenian is inspired by the models of antiquity found during the excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Neoclassicism of the decorative vocabulary, combined with the shape of these cassolettes inspired by Antiquity and the polychromy of the materials mark well a Napoleon III style realization of high quality where eclecticism is the signature.
A mounted vase whose gilded bronze mount is attributed to Pierre-Philippe Thomire, kept in the Louvre Museum, presents the same female players of aulos, the body ending with the same acanthus leaves. This vase made around 1785 was acquired by Mrs. Du Barry in 1792 and seized during the Revolution.
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