"Viot, A Gilt Bronze Mounted Onyx Marble Bowl"A Gilt Bronze Mounted Onyx Marble Bowl
used to have the sticker G. Viot and Cie
height 18 cm
diameter 25,5 cm
This very fine Algerian Onyx bowl is mounted on three console feet made in gilded bronze, decorated with lambrequins, palmets, vine leaves and beads.
The onyx presents some clear and dark lines which are part of the marble and not due to any kind of damage.
G. Viot and Cie, set up Boulevard des Italiens N. 24, in Paris. They produced luxurious furniture and art objects, incorporating onyx marble, bronze and enamel, a combination then considered as a novelty and become quickly highly prized among wealthy collectors. They showed at the 1867 Universal Exhibition held in Paris a fine pair of onyx vases for which they won the Gold Medal (Rapports du Jury International, Exposition Universelle de 1867 à Paris, 1868, t. III, groupe III, classe XV, chapître II, § 2, p°45 & 46). The company G. Viot & Cie, named also «The Algerian marbles and onyx Co. », refering to the quarries of onyx the firm exploited near Oran, produced also works after models created by the most well-known sculptors, such as Albert Carrier-Belleuse (1824-1887) and Charles Cordier (1827-1905). Created in the middle of the 19thcentury, the company remained opened until the begining of the 20thcentury.