Pair of important patinated and gilded bronze campana-shaped urns.  Bell-shaped acanthus leaf detailed body with intricately detailed gilt bronze wide mouth and scrolled handles; integrated gilt bronze flared "socle" base with stylized acanthus design; supported on a shapely detailed square patinated and gilt bronze pedestal resting on four paw feet. The Campana-shaped vases were inspired by the ancient Greek "Medici Vase", monumental wine-krater form, its origin was not only used for decoration, but to mix wine and water to dilute prior to drinking. 


The French Empire style is considered an evolution of the Neoclassical period; this impressive design was promoted by Napoleon Bonaparte, influenced by war and ancient Greek and Roman architecture. Napoleon was a fierce military leader who crowned himself 1st emperor of France, notorious for commanding wars and controlling many important parts of Europe. Furniture and accessories of this period often used militaristic elements; symbols of war and victory such as the golden eagle, palm leaves, laurel wreaths, and the initial “N”. The Egyptian campaign inspired major Egyptian ornamentation such as obelisks, sphinxes, and pyramids.  Extraordinary veneers, gilded bronze, and marble also characterized this period furniture. This important style became popular and was soon adopted across the courts of Europe. Today this classic French design is timeless and elegant, complimenting a traditional setting or adding exuberant contrasting highlights to modern and contemporary interiors.


Place of Origin: France

Period: Circa 1880

Diminisions: (14.5 in.Hx5.25 in.Wx5.25 in.D)

Condition: Excellent Condition

Wear: Wear Consistent with Age and Use

Pair of Empire Patinated and Gilt Bronze Urns, France, 1880

SKU: A101800

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