A pair of mounted white marble ornamental vases on a square base. On a marble plinth rests a fire-gilt bronze foundation decorated with on the lower part a rim of acanthus and on the sides flower-shaped decorations in a diagonal trellis motif. The foundation carries an egg-shaped vase in white marble that is decorated with stylized leaf-motifs on the lower part and sitting women playing pan pipes on the sides. The vase stands on a laurel wreath and is topped by a fire-gilt lid with a knob in the shape of a flower bud. The original design was made for Louis XVl’s favorite madame de Pompadour.
A similar pair can be found in the collection of the Louvre. Of that pair, it is said they were bought by madame du Barry at Daguerre & Lignereux and are attributed to Thomire.
private collection Germany
D. Alcouffe, Gilt Bronzes in the Louvre, Dijon, 2004, p. 232;
G. Etr. Wannenes, Les Bronzes Ornementaux et les Objets Montés, Milan, 2004, p. 343