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A pair of French 19th century Louis XVI st. richly chased ormolu statues, signed Waagan

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A charming and high quality pair of French 19th century Louis XVI st. richly chased ormolu statues, signed Waagan. The pair are raised by a Rouge Griotte marble base with a rounded front. Above stands the ormolu statues of young... — Read More

  • Item # 9641
  • H: 16.5 in L: 8 in D: 6 in

    H: 42 cm L: 20 cm D: 15 cm

  • France
  • 19th Century
  • Marble/Stone, Ormolu
  • Louis XVI st. Read More
  • (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.
  • Arthur Waagen Read More
  • Arthur Waagen (1833 - 1898) was a German sculptor living and working in France. He was born in East Prussia, now Lithuania, and traveled to Paris where he set up his studio at 40, Cours-de-Vincennes. He is best known for high quality and realistic portrayal of animals, particularly dogs, and for his modelings with a North African and Orientalist flavor. He regularly exhibited his work at the Parisian Salons from 1869 to 1887 and many of his pieces can be seen in Museums around the world today.
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