In their form, these grand vases are based on a Louis XV model which was popular among 19th Century craftsmen in France. Auguste-Alfred Beurdeley, Henry Dasson and François Linke—the leading designers and makers of the period—all created vases of this form, using a variety of marbles. Linke created a pair of vases, very similar to these, in fleur de pêcher (purple) marble (see C. Payne, François Linke, 1855-1946: The Belle Epoque of French Furniture, Woodbridge, 2003, p. 205, pl. 223).
Crafted from a fine green-grey flecked marble, the vases are fitted with finely-cast gilt bronze (ormolu) mounts. Their ovoid bodies are covered by marble domed, gadrooned lids, topped by gilt bronze pomegranate finials. The vases’ mouths are edged with gilt bronze acanthus leaves, and fitted with scrolled gilt bronze handles, cast as bulrushes, wrapped in acanthus leaves. Their ovoid marble bodies are gadrooned, and taper towards their bases, where they are fringed with gilt bronze leaves. Each vase stands on a splayed marble foot, set on an oval gilt bronze base, composed of leafy forms and scrolls.
These opulent vases will add splendour and sophistication to an interior, be it traditional or modern in its design.