Pair of 19th century cut-glass and silvered bronze compotes by Christofle

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Pair of 19th century cut-glass and silvered bronze compotes by Christofle
French, 19th Century
Height 30cm, diameter 25cm

Crafted in the lavish Rococo Revival style, this exquisite pair of compotes pair cut-glass tazza-like bowls with sculptural silvered bronze bases.

The glass bowls are of fluted, scallop shell form, typical of Rococo design. The dishes surmount silver-plated bases, which take the form of seated putti. Both cherubs blow into a ceremonial horn, which has been expertly extended to form the support for the bowls themselves. The putti, who are draped with swathes of flowing fabric, are expertly crafted with a high degree of verisimilitude. The pair are seated on rock-form bases, which culminate in four alternating hoof and paw feet that are connected by applied grapevine decoration.

The bases are marked ‘CHRISTOFLE’ on the underside, as well as with the manufactory stamp and the inventory number ‘2030530’. Established in Paris in 1830 by Charles Christofle, his eponymous firm Christofle is notable for introducing the techniques of silver-plating and electrolytic gilding to the metalworking world. The firm continues to produce exquisite decorative and functional silverware today.

Highlighting the extraordinary skill of Christofle’s makers, this sculptural pair would make a fine addition to any antique collection.

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