Pair of French antique silvered bronze centrepieces by Christofle

GBP 55,000.00

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Pair of French antique silvered bronze centrepieces by Christofle
France, 19th Century
Height 66cm, width 45cm, depth 33cm

Crafted from silvered bronze by Christofle, the renowned French silversmith company, the pair of centrepieces are filled with a plethora of decorations, many carrying important symbolism. Christofle is renowned for introducing electrolytic gilding and silver-plating to 19th century market and continues to craft magnificent pieces today.

Both antiques are of a very similar design, each one topped with a pierced basket. This is adorned with a large scallop-shaped motif, scrolls, and acanthus leaf handles. Below is a large stand, its design framing a pair of sweet cherubs. The figures are surrounded by grape vines, this being symbolic of Bacchus, the Roman god of wine. Above are lush flower and foliage compositions as well as cascading oak leaves.

The antiques are supported on a large plinth standing on four acanthus leaf feet. Two central cartouches are engraved with various coats of arms, perhaps ones belonging to previous owners.

The bases are stamped ‘CHRISTOFLE’ and other marks.

The centrepieces are a more unusual representation of Christofle’s work, making them very desirable, and can be displayed empty or used as, for example, fruit bowls.

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