Pair of French green glass ormolu-mounted vases


These French vases juxtapose the serene elegance of striped green glass with the opulent grandeur of intricate ormolu mounts.


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An exquisite pair of large French gilt bronze and green glass vases proudly showcases the grandeur of Neoclassical design with a hint of Rococo flair. The vases are distinctly shaped in a Classical ovoid form and exhibit the mesmerizing allure of striped green glass—a feature that not only sets them apart but also imbues them with an undeniable visual intrigue.

Each vase is meticulously anchored to an elaborate ormolu base. This base, of square contour with gracefully canted corners, is lavishly adorned with an opulent ensemble of Neoclassical gilt motifs. Among these are the ever-graceful acanthus leaves, flowing drapery, and a distinguished coat of arms featuring the iconic fleur de lis.

From atop the socle, the vases boast gilt bronze elements from which emerge striking ormolu handles. These handles, conceived in the form of acanthus leaves, evolve into stately Roman-style columns as they ascend. Enveloping the upper part of each vase is a lyrical lyre-shaped motif, majestically held by gilt-bronze putti through ornate tasseled reins. These putti artfully extend a golden festoon of flowers, creating an arc from one to the other, draping the vases' bodies with an additional layer of opulence.

The vases culminate in ornate lids, each graced with ormolu pairs of birds, serving as a testament to the intricacy and attention to detail embedded in their creation. The entire composition, while unmistakably rooted in the Neoclassical era, does not forget the whimsical allure of the Rococo period. This amalgamation is evident in the joyous exuberance of the mounts, which creates a captivating contrast against the serene and refined aura of the striped green glass.

Of commanding size, this pair of vases is more than mere decorative objects—they are timeless pieces of art that celebrate the pinnacle of French craftsmanship and artistic expression.


Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
20th Century
20th Century
Neoclassical, Rococo
Glass, Ormolu (Gilt Bronze)
Gold, Green


153 cm / 60.2 inches
50 cm / 19.7 inches
53 cm / 20.9 inches


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