Sunday, March 9, 2008

Empire gilt bronze and rouge griotte Medici Vases attributed to Pierre-Philippe Thomire (1751-1843)

Empire gilt bronze and rouge griotte Medici Vases
attributed to Pierre-Philippe Thomire (1751-1843)
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An exceedingly fine set of four Empire gilt bronze and rouge griotte Medici Vases on pedestals attributed to Pierre-Philippe Thomire each of krater form with a beaded and gadrooned rim above a frieze of vines and centred by figures of Achilles, Ulysses and Agamemnon beside Iphigenia crouched below a statue of Diana, with fluted handles issuing from bearded masks, on a spreading fluted circular foot and square griotte pedestal decorated with ribbon-tied wreaths on a stepped base with lotus-leaf cast border Paris, date circa 1810 Height 49.5 cm, diameter 23 cm. each. Given their quality and subject matter this very fine set of vases attributed to the eminent fondeur-ciseleur Pierre-Philippe Thomire (1751-1843)