A pair of Empire period ewers

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19th century

A pair of Empire period ewers

André Antoine Ravrio (1759 - 1814)

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Works of Art du 19th century

A pair of Empire period ewers

DIMENSIONS : l. 5.51 .inH. 14.76 .in

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Circa 1810

Attributed to André-Antoine Ravrio

The patinated bronze body with laurel leaves at the bottom and openwork palmettes at the neck. The sinuous gilt bronze handle takes the form of a griffin's head and emerges from foliage. It rests on a satyr mask. The pedestal is placed on a square base in cherry red marble.

 


André-Antoine Ravrio (1759 - 1814), Received Master in 1777

was represented with a ewer very close to the pair described above on his portrait by Henri-François Riesener (1767 - 1828) now in the Louvre.

André Antoine Ravrio (1759 - 1814)


André-Antoine Ravrio belonged to a family of famous artists linked to the renowned cabinetmaker Vandercruse. His cousin, the painter Henri-François Riesener, painted two portraits of him that are now in the paintings department of the Louvre. Ravrio had chosen his father's trade, that of bronze smith, and quickly became a sought-after craftsman at the end of the Ancien Régime. Under the First Empire, he became very famous and, along with other bronze makers (Thomire, Galle, Feuchère), became the official supplier to the Imperial Household. The furniture guard placed orders with him for the castle of Fontainebleau and he worked for Murat, for the Bonaparte family and for the foreign courts.

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