Wednesday, June 11, 2003

A rare large surtout de table stamped Thomire à Paris

The d'Avalos - Thomire surtout. The Property of Prince d' Avalos
A rare large surtout de table stamped Thomire à Paris
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MEASUREMENTS
78cm. high; 2ft. 6¾in.
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DESCRIPTION
with a pierced anthemion cast basket supporting nine candle-arms, above three dancing ladies in drapery holding three further young children, the whole raised on a circular base with anthénienne, lyre, floral and laurel swag mounts

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Comparative Literature:Hans Ottomeyer/P. Pröschel, Vergoldete Bronzen, Vol. I, Munich, 1986, page 387, fig. 5.16.12, illustrates a surtout with an identically cast basket but lacking candlearms and with a different stem. The dancing maidens received identical treatment but there are no children in the illustrated example now in the Victoria and Albert Museum (M. 135-1929).Juliette Niclausse, Thomire Fondeur-Ciseleur (1751-1843), Paris, 1947, planche 20, illustrates a surtout with a very similarly cast base with the flaming athèniennes.A related example with a vine and grape cast basket but lacking the candelarms and cherubs on a different base but with identical swags, also signed Thomire, was sold at Christie's, New York, as lot 83, 1st November 1995. Many special commissions were placed with Thomire clients could visit his workshop and choose various different pieces to form a centre-piece. This has resulted in many variations of these surtout. Important French & Continental Furniture & Tapestries, Including a Private European Collection
LOT 168 /Sale: L03311 Location: London, New Bond Street Auction Dates: Session 1: Wed, 11 Jun 03 10:30 AM
PROVENANCE: Private collection (SDK)