A large sculptural gilt and red patinated bronze tazza in the Greek antique style, dated 1866 by Ferdinand Levilain. The bas relief central roundel depicting the god Hermes presenting Pandora, the first human woman, with a box containing all the gifts of the gods. Because one of the gifts given to her was curiosity Pandora could not resist opening the box. All of the blessings and curses humanity escaped from the box except, ironically, Hope. Foundeur Barbedienne.
Ferdinand Levillain (1837-1905) exhibited at the Paris Salon from 1861 and was awarded a Silver Medal at the 1889 Paris Exposition Universelle.
CONDITION: Very good. Detail crisp and clear. No dents or abrasions.
DIMENSIONS: 17 1/2" diameter over handles. 4 1/2" high
WEIGHT: 11 lbs 4.6 oz