Louis XV style ormolu and cloisonné enamel jardinière


This striking jardinière, wrought from Chinese cloisonné enamel and French ormolu mounts, is a superb example of eclecticism in French decorative art.


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This remarkable piece is comprised of a Chinese cloisonné enamel body set with French ormolu, or gilt bronze, mounts, the mounts wrought in the distinctive Louis XV style.

The enamel body is of traditional form, its ashen blue ground adorned profusely with gilt cloisonné wire arranged into geometrical motifs. Above this background decoration, the surface is finished with a host of flowers, foliage, and birds, all delicately wrought from polychrome, variegated enamel.

The enamel bowl is raised by four ormolu legs, each leg taking the form of a Renaissance style dolphin, the scrolled tail of each joined by floral garlands. The legs are supported by an ormolu base, the surface richly detailed with friezes of embossed rosettes. The enamel body is fitted with twin ormolu handles, each composed of a foliate loop set above with a bird and below with a putti-form espagnolette. The rim of the jardinière is mounted with an ornate pierced ormolu gallery.


Country of Origin
Chinese, French
Date of Manufacture
Early 20th Century
Early 20th Century
Chinese Interest, Chinoiserie, Louis XV
Enamel - Cloisonné, Ormolu (Gilt Bronze)
Blue, Gold, Multi-coloured


63 cm / 24.8 inches
58 cm / 22.8 inches
40 cm / 15.7 inches


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