687. Pair Ormolu Bronze Ewers after SIGISBERT-FRANCOIS MICHEL



A Very Large Pair of French Patinated Bronze Ewers of traditional form terminating on square stepped bases, exceptionally well cast quite possibly done by Fumiere et Cie. 

Each surmounted by a seated Satyre embracing the neck, decorated with a goat mask to the center front issuing swags of grape vines. The decorative ormolu band above the lowered half gadrooned body ending on a spreading lobed socle, circa third quarter of the Nineteenth Century.

Provenance: The property of a Gentleman Collector in Dublin, Ireland. Purchased at Malcolm Alexander Antiques in Dawson Street, Dublin.

Condition: These pieces have been professionally re-bronze patinated.

Height: (entire) 17.25” (44cm). Width: (at base) 6” (15.25cm). Depth: (at base)6” (15.25cm)

Shipped to Deria, Dubai, UAE

NOTE: In 1774 Sigisbert-Francois Michel exhibited a pair of plaster ewers (possibly derived from a model by Claude Michel Clodion 1738-1814) surmounted by a triton and a satyr (emblematic of water and wine) in the Académie de Saint-Luc, Paris. This prototype was later the basis for a number of subsequent ewers in malachite, biscuit, porcelain and bronze.
Wedgwood versions in basalt and jasperware could also be found in England after 1775 when John Flaxman Sr. presented Josiah Wedgwood with a plaster model based on Michel's original model.

We a delighted to have been fortunate to have acquired this exceptional pair which are now offered for sale on-line.