Antique French Empire Style Marble & Gilt Bronze Urns


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A magnificent pair of Napoleon III Rouge du Languedoc marble and gilt bronze mounted urns in the Empire style. The beaded gilt rims above campana shaped vases decorated with a frieze of dancing maidens and vine leaves, above a pair of handles with reeded acanthus leaf decorated collar and fluted socle. The square stepped bases decorated with alternating harp & laurel wreath motifs, standing on turned reeded feet.

Two pairs, near identical, can be seen in the collection of the Royal Pavilion, Brighton.

Height 21” (53.5cm)

Width 9” (23cm)

Depth 9” (23cm)


Circa 1870

The frieze decoration based on the Claude Galle ormolu mounted urn shown in ‘Hans Ottomeyer and Peter Pröschel, “Vergoldete Bronzen”, 1986, p. 364, pl. 5.12.8.