Pair Of Rococo Patinated & Gilt Bronze Ewers c.1800
EXCEPTIONAL PAIR OF ROCOCO PATINATED & GILT BRONZE EWERS c.1800
This is the best pair of bronze any things we have
ever had the privilege to sell.
The workmanship is exceptional as can be seen
in the photos.
This is one of those times 12 photos is not enough!
They are Rococo in style and date
i.e. dating to the late 18th or early 19th century
and one thing is for sure they were definitely
produced by a master craftsman of the era.
The name Claude Galle comes to mind
but as he never signed his pieces and we don’t have
definitive provenance for them I can only say
they are just as good as anything currently
for sale on the internet in this category of item.
They are in fabulous original condition.
No one has tried to clean up the original gilded
(Ormolu) mounts or tried to polish the intentionally
darkened bronze bodies which is referred
to as Patinated Bronze.
They still retain the cup like inserts in
the necks of the ewers which is typical of
this sort of purely decorative jug-like
item from this period.
The only minor defects is a shallow ding to
the body of one ewer – see photo 4
but it is VERY shallow and was hard to get
a photograph of in reality.
Also two screws are missing under the base of
one of them and at least one of the remaining
screws is probably a replacement.
This enables the supporting foot of this one
to turn whereas the other one doesn’t.
This causes no problems to the ewer at all
but need to mention for accuracy of description.
Close-up photos for perusal.
All in all, not bad going for heavy
200 year old decorative items which
often got dropped and badly dented etc.
This superb pair of ewers stand 28cm high
or 11 inches and 15cm wide or 6 inches
and weigh a hefty 1400 grams (3 pounds)
each so bear that in mind re postage costs.