A Pair of Empire Bronze Ewers

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A Pair of Empire Gilt and Patinated Bronze Ewers in The Manner of Claude Galle

This refined and sophisticated pair of Empire ewers are in the manner of those traditionally attributed to the famous bronzier of the Empire period, Claude Galle (1759-1815). A portrait by Henri-Francois Riesener, dating from 1812, represents the bronzier Ravrio seated at a table with ewer of comparable design, and which is today in the Louvre Museum and illustrated in H. Ottomeyer, P. Pröschel et al. “Vergoldete Bronzen”, Munich, 1986, vol. II, p. 690, fig. 16.

French, Circa 1820.

Object History

Claude Galle (1759-1815) was one of the foremost ‘bronziers’ and ‘fondeur-ciseleurs’ of the late Louis XVI and Empire periods. Born at Villepreux near Versailles he served his apprenticeship in Paris under the ‘fondeur’ Pierre Foy, and in 1784 married Foy’s daughter. He became a ‘maitre-fondeur’ in 1786 and after the death of his father-in-law in 1788, Galle took over his workshop, employing approximately 400 craftsmen. Galle moved to Quai de la Monnaie (later Quai de l’Unité), and then in 1805 to 60 Rue Vivienne.

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