Seven-piece Empire Ormolu Surtout de Table, Paris, early 19th century, in the manner of Pierre-Philippe Thomire (1751-1843), each with a mirrored base, frame cast with Bacchic maidens holding the ends of a pendant grapevines interspersed with fruit-filled urns and crossed thyrsi within a laurel wreath, raised on hairy paw feet, comprised of two circular plateaux, dia. 26 3/4, two D-shaped ends, lg. 29, and three rectangular central pieces, lg. 25 in.
Provenance: Property of a Boston Area Philanthropist. See Lot 359 for additional information.
N.B. A similar example with pendant grapevines and Bacchic maidens sold at Christie's London, December 9, 2004, Lot 43.
Mirror plates possibly replaced, some minor sugaring and wear throughout: one middle panel with radiating cracks through mirror plate, another middle segment with deeper 3 inch abrasion, one D-end with two areas of bubbling, all with minor chips along edge where ends meet together, one D-end with more extensive chips along edge. All panels with cracks to wood backing, some with separation from frame (need to be stabilized for surface strength). All panels with scattered minor spots of verdigris, metal fatigue, minor breaks to frame, losses to smaller scrolled elements, and some smaller scrolled elements bent slightly. One circular plateau with repaired break to frame. The other circular plateau with a larger concentrated area of verdigris and rust. (Please see additional images for clarification of report.)
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