A Pair of outstanding celadon ground Chinese porcelain vases decorated with phoenixes and pheasants in blue and white on peonies and magnolias, handles in the shape of elephant heads, late Daoguang / early Xianfeng period around 1850-1860, mounted with Ormolu gilded bronzes decorated with flowers and rocailles in France by the same period, between 1852 and 1870, under the French Second Empire.
It was common, under therench Second Empire, to mount, as is the case here, on magnificent gilded bronzes the most beautiful Chinese porcelain, after the model of what was practiced in the royal courts of Europe in the 18th century. century. Note here the particular quality of the bronzes which have retained all their original gilding, unmodified or altered and just brought back to their prime brightness by professional cleaning.
The Chinese porcelains have been here chosen with a special particular care for this revival of the monarchical masterpieces of Chinese art with ormolu mounts, since this of striking vases shows a beautiful ground glazed celadon perfectly even, executed at the very beginning of the second half of the 19th century, probably at the end of the reign of Daoguang (1820-1850), this onctuous pale green glaze has been moreover enhanced by a delicate in high relief blue and white decoration of phoenixes and pheasants, auspicious birds associated with the empress for the phoenix and the imperial authority for the pheasant.
The combination of celadon and gilded bronze is usually one of the happiest for ancient Chinese works of art, and this is once more strongly confirmed by this spectacular pair of vases, which, moreover, have come down to us in a remarkable condition.
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