A French 19th century Louis XVI st. Belle Époque period ormolu, Rouge Antique and Rouge de Verone marble planter stand inspired by a model by Gouthière
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A sensational and extremely high quality French 19th century Louis XVI st. Belle Époque period ormolu, Rouge Antique and Rouge de Verone marble planter stand inspired by a model by Gouthière. The most impressive planter is raised by a circular... — Read More
A sensational and extremely high quality French 19th century Louis XVI st. Belle Époque period ormolu, Rouge Antique and Rouge de Verone marble planter stand inspired by a model by Gouthière. The most impressive planter is raised by a circular Rouge de Verone marble base with an elegant mottled border and wrap around ormolu band. Three elegant slender legs with unique block feet lead upwards to superb finely detailed busts of handsome bearded men in a rich satin and burnished finish. The legs are connected by a most decorative bottom tier with a fine wrap around foliate band and central finial from where three exceptional delicate chutes lead upwards. Above is the striking Rouge Antique bowl adorned with large magnificent richly chased oak branches and leaves with charming acorns and an impressive and most decorative wrap around ormolu band with a beautiful interlocking circular geometric design. Two charming and wonderfully detailed love birds are perched above the mottled rim with an impressive pierced palmette gallery. All original gilt throughout. — Read Less
- Item # 12163
H: 43 in L: 15.75 in D: 15.75 in
H: 109 cm L: 40 cm D: 40 cm
- 19th Century
- Marble/Stone, Ormolu
Belle Époque ,
Louis XVI st.
(Belle Époque) -
Gaining its name from the optimistic and peaceful period of time between 1871 and World War I, Belle Epoque means “beautiful period”, and occurred during the era of the Third French Republic. This period of economic, colonial, and scientific prosperity brought with it a flourishing artistic climate with numerous literal, musical, theatrical, and visual masterpieces being created.
The Eiffel Tower, which was constructed between 1887 and 1889, served as the entrance to the World’s Fair held in Paris. That same year, the Moulin Rouge cabaret in Paris was founded and showcased the now more mainstream styles of performance including can-can dancing. Belle Epoque dancers and singers were Paris celebrities and became immortalized by the poster arts of Toulouse-Lautrec.
Leading up to this period in 1865, the American Civil War was coming to a close, with France proposing to construct the Statue of Liberty as a joint effort with the United States. France would be responsible for the statue, with America constructing the pedestal. Created to celebrate the nation’s success in building a viable democracy, the statue would stand as a symbol of friendship between the French and American people.
(Louis XVI st.) -
Also known as Louis Seize, Louis XVI's style is a style of architecture, furniture, decoration, and art created during Louis XVI’s 19-year reign in France, just before the French Revolution.
Thought to be a reaction and juxtaposition to the prior more elaborate styles, Louis XVI style developed at the end of the Baroque Period and continued until the birth of French Neoclassicism.
King Louis XVI showed little enthusiasm for the old world styles of the Baroque Period and he sought out a create a new “beau ideal” that focused on the purity and grandeur of Ancient Romans and Greeks.
Inspired by Ancient Roman architecture and art, distinct features of the Louis XVI style are linear lines, small repeated motifs, floral medallions hanging from ribbons, acanthus leaves, urns, dolphins, ram, and lion heads, and griffins.
Greco-Roman elements, often used in earlier and later French styles, were also quick common and included fluted and twisted columns, Caryathids, and corbels.
- Pierre Gouthière
Pierre Gouthière (1732-1814) - born Bar-sur-Aube, was a renowned gilder of his time, unsurpassed by any of his rivals. He was a student of François Ceriset and took over his workshop in 1758. Under the protection of the duke d’Aumont, he produced works for King Louis XVI and Princess Marie Antoinette and become the sole gilder for the “Menus-Plaisirs du Roi”. He was the inventor of the matte gilding which became known as the beautiful satin and burnished finish noticed on high quality pieces. He trained famous bronzier Pierre-Philippe Thomire in his studio.
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