12 juillet 2010

The Houghton Porphyry Vases @ Christi'es, 500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe, 8 July 2010, London

The Houghton Porphyry Vases. Estimate £500,000 - £800,000. Sold £601,250 to an anonymous. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2010 A pair of Louis XV ormolu and porphyry vases, circa 1765, after a design by Ennemond -Alexandre Petitot, published in 1764. Each with a moulded bowl and everted rim fitted with gilt-bronze lining, wrapped in garlanded drapery and flanked by handles modelled as lions within acanthus-cast rings, the tapering body above a stiff-leaf base and entwined serpent socle, on pounced panelled square plinth; 15¼... [Lire la suite]