Large pair of antique Louis XVI style ormolu athèniennes

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Description

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.

Details

Country of Origin
French
Date of Manufacture
Late 19th Century
Period
Late 19th Century
Style
Animal / Animalier, Louis XVI, Neoclassical
Material
Ormolu (Gilt Bronze)
Colour
Gold

Dimensions

Height
111 cm / 43.7 inches
Width
38 cm / 15 inches
Depth
38 cm / 15 inches

Reference:
014149

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