Pair of Bronze Vases

Paris or Berlin, circa 1820

Gilt and patinated bronze, marble.

Height: 33 cm (13 inch) Ref No: 1999

A rare and decorative pair of early 19th century Empire gilt- and patinated bronze vases of campana form on a stepped square marble base. The everted egg-and-dart rim above a finely chased frieze depicting putti playing music.

This or a similar pair of vases belonged to the collection of the Queen Louise of Prussia and were once on display at the Hohenzollern-Museum at Chateau Monbijou in Berlin; see photograph. This kind of vases were often attributed to Parisian workshops, but recent research rose the question, that they might be produced in Berlin during the early 19th century, probably by the bronzier factory of Werner & Mieth.