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.
Pierre-Philippe Thomire (1751-1843) was one of the most famous bronze casters and ciseleurs during the French Empire era. Although trained as a sculptor, Thomire chose to follow in his father’s footsteps, and take up the more lucrative profession of ‘fondeur’. He became the leading bronze artist of the late 18th and early 19th century. Thomire was trained by Gouthière and afterwards founded his own company that manufactured ornamental bronzes for furniture. Later, Thomire became assistant to Duplessis, the director of the Manufacture de Sèvres. After the death of Duplessis in 1783, Thomire turned once again to bronze casting and manufactured bronze fittings for porcelain artefacts. In 1809 Thomire was awarded the title “Ciseleur de l’Empereur”.
Pierre-Philippe Thomire (1751-1843) was one of the most prominent bronze casters and ciseleurs of the Empire era. Despite his training as a sculptor, he chose to follow in his father's footsteps and become a bronze caster. In this profession, he was the most successful producer of bronzes of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Thomire trained with Pierre Gouthière before establishing his own workshop to produce gilt bronze furniture ornaments. He later became assistant to Jean-Claude-Thomas Duplessis, who was director of the Manufacture de Sèvres. After Duplessis’ death in 1783, Thomire resumed his profession as a bronze caster designing and producing, among other things, gilt bronze mounts for porcelain. He was appointed "Ciseleur de l'Empereur" in 1809.
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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