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Pair of Lidded Vases

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Pair of Lidded Vases






about 1700


Marble and gilt bronze

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An unknown craftsman carved these vases from blocks of alabaster, a soft, translucent, semi-precious stone prized for its golden color. Modeled with boldly sculptural gadrooning, these vases are striking examples of the late Baroque style that climaxed in France during the reign of Louis XIV. Only the royal manufactory, known as the Gobelins, produced objects such as these vessels, almost exclusively for the French court.

Italian craftsmen from Florence, trained at the grand duke's hardstone workshop, the Galleria de' Lavorie, were brought to the Gobelins Manufactory. With their knowledge, training, and skill, these men were able to produce opulent pieces that were designed simply for display and to emphasize the power and magnificence of the French king.


Jacques Kugel, French, born Russia, 1912 - 1985 (Paris, France)

- 1987

Private Collection [sold, Fine French and Continental Furniture, Objets of Art, Clocks, Carpets, Tapestries and Sculpture, Christie's, New York, November 24, 1987, lot 39.]

by 1988 - 1993

Dalva Brothers, Inc. (New York, New York), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1993.


"Acquisitions/1993." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 22 (1994), p. 65, no. 11.

Wilson, Gillian, and Catherine Hess. Summary Catalogue of European Decorative Arts in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), p. 138, no. 278.

Harwood, Buie, Bridget May, and Curt Sherman. Architecture and Interior Design through the 18th Century: An Integrated History (Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall, 2002), p. 392, no. 23-12, pl. 56.

Malgouyres, Philippe, and Clément Blanc-Riehl. Porphyre: La Pierre pourpre des Ptolémées aux Bonaparte, exh. cat. (Paris: Musée du Louvre, 2003), p. 126, under no. 8.

Wilson, Gillian, et al. French Furniture and Gilt Bronzes: Baroque and Régence: Catalogue of the J. Paul Getty Museum Collection (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2008), pp. 350-353, no. 42.