A very heavy and ornate piece, it represents nicely the period of Napoleon III (1850-1872). It originates from Paris.
It is a magnificent example of metal work both in gilded bronze and French laiton (metal mix). It stands on a pedestal foot which is ornamented 2-D roses and leaves. The coup has two wide panels which seem to be inset amongst the bronze work. Each panel presents a story vignette. In the first panel we see two chubby fellows, one with a basket of flowers on his head and the other scattering flower petals. They have flowing ribbons in the background and flowers around them. The second panel depicts the harvest. Two winged cherubs hold a basket filled with grapes, apples and cherries. The detail is lovely with serene facial expressions, feather details on the wings and details of fruits and flowers.
The two very tall handles are in the form of grapevines and leaves, with a cluster of grapes at the very top. The lid has an inset ring of grape leaves and vines. The crowning piece is a central, figural egret or heron (Egyptian symbol for prosperity) which rises up, wings outstretched. The interior of the coupe gleams and reflects both copper and gilt.
The condition is very good. It is sturdy and solid (heavy). It measures: 10 1/2" tall to top of bird's wing, 4 3/16" across inside diameter, 2 3/4" deep, 2 1/2" diameter across the foot.
It is an elegant work, especially beautiful with the figural lid.
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Fine French Small Antiques: Eighteenth Century Smalls, Gilded Bronze, Objets of Vertu, Napoleon III