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Pair Of Incense Burners, Attr. To Claude Galle, Empire Period

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"Pair Of Incense Burners, Attr. To Claude Galle, Empire Period"
  • Pair of chiselled, patinated and gilded bronze incense burner
  • Attributed to Claude Galle (1759-1815)
  • Provenance: Parisian private collection
  • Very good condition, original gilded and patinated bronze; missing the tip of a horn from one of the satyrs.
  • Incense burner vases, in giltand patinated bronze, finely chiseled. The Medici-shaped vases have a patinated bronze crater surrounded by a frieze of dancers, in gilt bronze, dressed in antique, the paunch is underlined in its lower part with large stylized leaves; asthe holds, Satyr heads with developed horns; the vases rest on a flared pedestal decorated with grooves. They are covered with a gilt bronze doucinelid, piercedwith palm leaves,with leaves and a summit seed. The quality of the gilding treated in matt and shiny, as well as a precise and removed carving, makethis pair of vases a perfect example of the best of the productions of the Empire by one of the most prestigious workshops.
  • Claude Galle (1759 - 1815), one of the most eminent bronzers and foundry-carvers of the end of the Louis XVI period and of the Empire, Claude Galle was born in Villepreux near Versailles. He apprenticed with founder Pierre Foy, married his daughter in 1784. In 1786, he became a master founder. In 1788, on the death of his father-in-law, Galle took over the management of the workshop, which became one of the largest in Paris, employing at the height of his activity nearly 400 craftsmen. Galle moved the workshop first to Quai de la Monnaie (later Quai de l'Inite), then, in 1805, 60 Rue Vivienne. The furniture keeper of the crown, under the direction of sculptor Jean Hauré from 1786-88, made him numerous orders. Galle collaborated with many remarkable craftsmen such as Thomire and Feuchère; he supplied the majority of the bronze furnishings for the Château de Fontainebleau during the Empire. He received other imperial orders, for lights, pendulum boxes, and vases for the palaces of Saint-Cloud, the Trianon, the Tuileries, Compiègne, and Rambouillet. It supplies the Italian palaces of Monte Cavallo in Rome and Stupinigi near Turin. Ref. : Samoyault, "Pendulums and bronzes of furniture entered under the First Empire" Paris, 1989; Ottomeyer, Hans and Pröschel, Peter “Vergoldete Bronzen”, 1989 vol I p.369; a pair kept at the castle of Erhenburg in Cobourg,
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