Saturday, September 8, 2007

Dressing Table , Circa 1817 - Workshop of Martin Guillaume Biennais France

Dressing Table Workshop of Martin Guillaume Biennais France.
Paris. Circa 1817
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Amboina wood, bronze and smalt; carved and gilded. 190x119x73 cm
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Source of Entry: First Branch of the State Hermitage Museum (former Museum of the Stieglitz School). 1933

Console Table Decorated with the "Gods of Olympus" Relief , Late 18th century

Console Table Decorated with the "Gods of Olympus" Relief France.
Paris. Late 18th century
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Mahogany, bronze and green marble; carved, gilded and patinated. 96x162x51 cm Source of Entry: Mikhailovsky Palace, St Petersburg (purchased in Paris for the Throne Hall). 1804

Twin Console Tables Decorated with the "Honouring of Virgil" Relief , Early 19th century

Twin Console Tables Decorated with the "Honouring of Virgil" Relief France.
Paris. Early 19th century
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Mahogany, bronze and yellow and pink marble; carved, gilded and patinated. 96x137x55 cm Source of Entry: State Museum Fund. 1920s

Mahogany console table with gilded and patinated bronze fittings

Mahogany console table with gilded and patinated bronze fittings
Early 19th century
Attributed Pierre Philippe Thomire
Paris
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This console with a marble table-top strikingly decorated with bronze is a splendid example of Empire furniture. Applied to the superb mahogany veneer are bronze fittings with motifs typical of the ornamental decoration of the period — palmettes and stylized lilies. The centre of the underpart is accentuated by a bronze plaque bearing a relief of The Coronation of Virgil. It is a copy of a Wedgwood plaque created from a 1785 model by John Flaxman. At the edges of the underpart are plaques of Mars and Venus. The legs or supports of the table are herms with winged female half-figures in Egyptian-style dresses. Console tables of various shapes were produced in large numbers during the Empire period and placed along the walls in interiors.
Round Mirror Centerpiece with six candelabra around the edge
Before 1822
Workshop of Pierre-Phillipe Thomire
Paris, France
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This circular mirror centerpiece with six candelabra around the edge and an openwork border of gilded bronze is one of the characteristic works of the famous French bronze-smith Pierre-Philippe Thomire. The striving after ever greater luxury in the decoration of the dining table during the Napoleonic Empire brought into vogue a special type of ornament — the surtout de table — that at times numbered over fifty components. It is held that Thomire was the first to come up with the idea of creating a mirror plateau, surrounded by a border of flat gilded bronze relief , on which candelabra and containers for sweets, confections, fruit and flowers could be placed. The mirror reflected light and imparted a special gleam to the gilded bronze. Vases, bowls, cachepots and candelabra were supported by figures of dancing nymphs and bacchantes, cupids, allegorical figures of the seasons and young victors in laurel wreaths. They were combined in symmetrical groups and created a bright conglomeration in the centre of the table that sometimes extended fully ten metres in length. Surtouts de table were specially ordered, the customer selecting the character of the ancient groups with a border of a particular design, creating thematic ensembles.

A pair of Empire ormolu bases now mounted with rock crystal as table lamps

A pair of Empire ormolu bases now mounted with rock crystal as table lamps
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Fine French & Continental Furniture Including European Works of Art and Tapestries, Ceramics and Carpets
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Sale: N08348 Location: New York

Auction Dates: Session 1: Wed, 03 Oct 07 10:00 AM
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LOT 134

A PAIR OF EMPIRE ORMOLU BASES NOW MOUNTED WITH ROCK CRYSTAL AS TABLE LAMPS 15,000—25,000 USD

MEASUREMENTS
measurementsoverall height 33 in.; lamp height 20 3/4 in.
alternate measurements84 cm; 53 cm
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DESCRIPTION
the ormolu base after a model by Thomire.

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CATALOGUE NOTE
Identical ormolu bases stamped Thomire formed part of a pair of tazze in the Hilbert Collection, sold, Sotheby's, New York, May 24, 2007, lot 23.

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