Antique Pair of French Gilt Bronze Urns Flanked by Cherubs 19th C
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This fine pair of French gilt bronze urns date from around 1870. The decoration is superb, featuring beautiful flanking cherubs, basket weave banding, laurel leaves, garlands and lions mask mounts.
They stand on lovely black marble bases that terminate in ormolu plinths. They have been produced using the traditional ‘lost wax’ or ‘circe perdue’ process. The craftsmanship is superb throughout all aspects of these gilt bronze urns and they are sure to add an unparalleled touch of glamour and class to any surroundings.
As you can see from the photos, this pair of French gilt bronze urns are in excellent condition with no damage. You are always welcome to visit our North London warehouse to see this for yourself.
More About the Lost Wax Method
This is a traditional metal casting method used to produce a bronze item from an artist’s sculpture. Also called by its French name of cire-perdue, this is a method where molten metal is poured into a mold that has been created by using a wax model. Once the mold is made, the wax model is melted and drained away leaving a space to pour in the molten metal which then sets to produce a solid metal item.
More Information and To View
When it comes to French gilt bronze urns of this quality it is preferable to view them in person if you are able to do so. However we appreciate that this is not always possible so you are welcome to contact us using the contact details shown above with any questions you might have about this pair of French gilt bronze urns. We would also be pleased to arrange a viewing of this and our many other urns and bronzes at our North London warehouse and showroom. Please email us or call for an appointment to view, quoting our reference as shown above so we know which of our many gilt bronze urns you are referring to.
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Shipping, Delivery and Return
You are looking at very fine gilt bronze urns which require careful specialised packing and shipping to their final destination - your home or other premises. We can pack and ship these bronze urns to almost any destination worldwide, but we request that you please call or email for a shipping quotation before making your purchase so that we can fully discuss your requirements.
We ship to any mainland UK address free of charge. If you are not satisfied with the item we offer a 14-day money back guarantee in accordance with the Distance Selling Regulations. You will be responsible for the return shipping fees for this pair of gilt bronze urns, unless we have erroneously described the items in some material way and you do not receive what you were expecting. You must return the items in their original packaging and condition. You are also responsible for any customs duties or local taxes that fall due outside the European Union.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 32 x Width 20 x Depth 14
Dimensions in inches:
Height 1 foot, 1 inch x Width 8 inches x Depth 5 inches
Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)
was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.
While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.
Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.
The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).
is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.
The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.
It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.
Our reference: 08021
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