This is a truly superb pair of antique French grand Tour Empire Egyptian Revival bronzes each modelled as a recumbent pharaoh, circa 1860 in date
The sculptures feature patinated bronze with gilt highlights and are mounted belgium fossil marble plinths.
The craftsmanship is second to none throughout all aspects of this pair and they are sure to add an unparalleled touch of elegance to your home.
In excellent condition. As antique items, the pieces show signs of use commensurate with age, these minor condition issues are mentioned for accuracy and, as seen in the accompanying photographs, the bronzes display beautifully.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 12 x Width 19 x Depth 10
Dimensions in inches:
Height 4.7 x Width 7.5 x Depth 3.9
is an early-19th-century design movement in architecture, furniture, other decorative arts, and the visual arts followed in Europe and America until around 1830.
The style originated in and takes its name from the rule of Napoleon I in the First French Empire, where it was intended to idealize Napoleon’s leadership and the French state. The style corresponds to the Biedermeier style in the German-speaking lands, Federal style in the United States and to the Regency style in Britain. The previous style was called Louis XVI style, in France.
The Empire style was based on aspects of the Roman Empire. It is the second phase of neoclassicism which is also called “Directoire”, after a goverment system.
Furniture typically had symbols and ornaments borrowed from the glorious ancient Greek and Roman empires.
The furniture was made from heavy woods such as mahogany and ebony, imported from the colonies, with dark finishes often with decorative bronze mounts. Marble tops were popular as were Egyptian motifs like sphinxes, griffins, urns and eagles and the Napoleonic symbols, the eagle, the bee, the initials “I” and a large “N.”
Gilded bronze (ormolu) details displayed a high level of craftsmanship.
Our reference: A1168