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Auction archive: Lot number 270

A French patinated bronze ewer, to the model by Sigisbert-Francois Michel (1728-1811)

Estimate
£600 - £800
ca. US$826 - US$1,101
Price realised:
n. a.
Auction archive: Lot number 270

A French patinated bronze ewer, to the model by Sigisbert-Francois Michel (1728-1811)

Estimate
£600 - £800
ca. US$826 - US$1,101
Price realised:
n. a.
Beschreibung:

A French patinated bronze ewer, to the model by Sigisbert-Francois Michel (1728-1811), 19th century, the ovoid and scroll handled body surmounted by a bearded triton holding the horns of a dolphin or other sea creature, above a swag of rushes, descending to a waisted circular socle and square plinth, 46cm high, 22cm wide The present aquatic-themed urn is derived from a plaster model by the sculptor Sigisbert-Francois Michel, exhibited at the Academy of St Luke in Paris in 1774. The model proved to be so successful, that it was soon reinterpreted by various sculptors in different media, such as John Flaxman who created a version of the ewer called 'Sacred to Neptune' for Josiah Wedgwood in circa 1775 (see Victoria & Albert Museum, London 2397-1901). An early cast of this model, accompanied by its Bacchic-themed counterpart and heightened with gilt, is in the collection of the Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 2015.61. Another 19th century pair, similar in casting to the present lot, was sold at Christie's London, 22 May 2003, lot 39 (£14,340). Condition Report: The ewer bears the usual minor marks, scratches and scuffs overall consistent with age and use. The patina is dark overall and fairly even, with some slightly warmer tones where it's worn to the handle and edges of the socle. There are a handful of small circa 2-4cm patches particularly to the reverse and the edges of the ovoid body, where the surface seems slightly raised or inconsistent, which may indicate a lacquer or refreshed patination of the surface. There is also some slight flaking to the surface colour to the inside of the lip, and one or two tiny dents/knocks to the body. Structurally no damages have been detected at the time of writing this report. Condition Report Disclaimer

Auction archive: Lot number 270
Auction:
Datum:
30 Mar 2021
Auction house:
Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions
16-17 Pall Mall
St James’s
London, SW1Y 5LU
United Kingdom
[email protected]
+44 (0)20 78398880
Beschreibung:

A French patinated bronze ewer, to the model by Sigisbert-Francois Michel (1728-1811), 19th century, the ovoid and scroll handled body surmounted by a bearded triton holding the horns of a dolphin or other sea creature, above a swag of rushes, descending to a waisted circular socle and square plinth, 46cm high, 22cm wide The present aquatic-themed urn is derived from a plaster model by the sculptor Sigisbert-Francois Michel, exhibited at the Academy of St Luke in Paris in 1774. The model proved to be so successful, that it was soon reinterpreted by various sculptors in different media, such as John Flaxman who created a version of the ewer called 'Sacred to Neptune' for Josiah Wedgwood in circa 1775 (see Victoria & Albert Museum, London 2397-1901). An early cast of this model, accompanied by its Bacchic-themed counterpart and heightened with gilt, is in the collection of the Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 2015.61. Another 19th century pair, similar in casting to the present lot, was sold at Christie's London, 22 May 2003, lot 39 (£14,340). Condition Report: The ewer bears the usual minor marks, scratches and scuffs overall consistent with age and use. The patina is dark overall and fairly even, with some slightly warmer tones where it's worn to the handle and edges of the socle. There are a handful of small circa 2-4cm patches particularly to the reverse and the edges of the ovoid body, where the surface seems slightly raised or inconsistent, which may indicate a lacquer or refreshed patination of the surface. There is also some slight flaking to the surface colour to the inside of the lip, and one or two tiny dents/knocks to the body. Structurally no damages have been detected at the time of writing this report. Condition Report Disclaimer

Auction archive: Lot number 270
Auction:
Datum:
30 Mar 2021
Auction house:
Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions
16-17 Pall Mall
St James’s
London, SW1Y 5LU
United Kingdom
[email protected]
+44 (0)20 78398880
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