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Both ormolu athéniennes stand on three monopodiae supports, which rest on stepped triform plinths. The hoofed feet extend upwards to form foliate shins and legs, decorated with fruiting vine patterns. These legs terminate in rams’ heads, which are mounted onto circular laurel leaf friezes. Shallow bowls, ringed with bands of entrelacs, are suspended in the space behind the friezes.
The athénienne emerged as a new Neoclassical furniture type in the Louis XVI period in France. It’s form is inspired by ancient, classical tripod-shaped perfume burners. These two athéniennes could be used to store pot-pourri, or left as they are and enjoyed as autonomous, aesthetic pieces of design.
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