Pair of large turquoise celadon vases by Alfred-Emmanuel Beurdeley
Pair of large, covered vases in turquoise enamelled porcelain, engraved and gilded bronze mounts composed of three console uprights emphasised with leaves and finished with hooves. They are joined by garlands of intertwining flowers; the neck and the shoulder decorated with gadroons.
Triangular base highlighted with a frieze of rais-de-coeur and a snake.
This pair of vases is reproduced in L’Ameublement d’art français 1850-1900, Camille Mestdagh, Les éditions de l’Amateur, Paris, 2010, page 99 (fig. 95), pages 272 and 273 (fig. 320 and 321).
An old black and white photograph illustrating the small salon of the Beurdeley mansion, rue de Clichy in Paris, testifies to the presence on the mantelpiece of an identical pair of vases (see Bonhams London, sale of July 6, 2011, photo shown on page 140).
The first sale of furniture and works of art produced in the workshops of Emmanuel Alfred Beurdeley, which took place on May 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th, 1895, presented an identical pair of vases (lot 7), described as follows: “Pair of turquoise celadon vases adorned with an engraved and gilded bronze mount, in the shape of a Louis XVI tripod, with scrolls connected by garlands. Triangular plinth – sold for 4600 Francs”.
French work in Louis XVI style from the end of the 19th century.
Height : 52,5 cm