A good quality imposing French gilt bronze mounted and rouge marble covered urn
Lot 39W
A fine quality Napoleon III gilt bronze mounted and rouge marble covered urn
attributed to Louis-Auguste-Alfred Beurdeley
second half 19th century
Sold for US$ 15,000 inc. premium
Lot Details
A fine quality Napoleon III gilt bronze mounted and rouge marble covered urn
attributed to Louis-Auguste-Alfred Beurdeley
second half 19th century
The fluted domed cover surmounted by a pomegranate finial, the waisted body flanked by scrolling handles centered by bulrushes, on turned socle and square plinth base decorated with foliate ornament, two mounts removed to reveal incised B.
height 25 1/4in (64cm); width across handles 16 1/2in (42cm)

Footnotes

  • The present covered urn is based on an 18th century porphyry model from the collection of the Duc de Tallard, a French noble, diplomat and Marshal of France. At the sale of Tallard's collection in 1756, the vase was purchased by the Marquis de Marigny, brother of Madame de Pompadour. Following the death of his sister, Marigny lost his position and the extravagantly decorated residence that was supplied with it, and the vase, together with other house contents, were purchased from him by the Crown. The vase remained in the Palais des Tuileries in the 19th century and now sits in the Musée du Louvre.

    This model was reproduced by the finest craftsmen of the 19th century, including Beurdeley, Dasson and Linke. Linke produced two sizes of the vases in fleur de pêcher marble (see C. Payne, François Linke, 1855-1946: The Belle Epoque of French Furniture, Woodbridge, 2003, p. 205, pl. 223).

    For similar examples in red marble see Christie's New York, April 11, 2007, lot 36, for examples in green marble see Christie's Important Mobilier et Objets d'Art, Orfèvrerie, Céramiques Européennes, Verre et Art d'Asie, June 21, 2001, lot 161.
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