Important pair of finely chiseled and gilded bronze sconces representing the god Zephyr with the wings of a butterfly and his wife the goddess Flora.
The two divinities are represented as a bust, finished with foliage bases and hold the branches of light at arm's length with two bobeches.
The branches nervously treated, "like a whip."
The bobeches in the shape of Medici vases, the cups decorated with lambrequins ending with trimmings tassels.
Parisian work in Regency style, Napoleon III period around 1850.
Height: 54cm Width: 38cm
- Getty Museum in Los Angeles (inv.85.DF.383.1-2)
- Jacquemart-André Museum in Paris.
- Sotheby's in Paris, March 23, 2006, lot 31
Several appliques of this model are also listed in old auctions: a pair was sold in the Boucher sale on February 18, 1771, lot 1027 for 144 pounds, another on April 10, 1876, lot 161 for 690 francs.
Stylistically, their particularity lies in the fact that the figures hold the arm of the light and are not an extension of it; their style is not foreign to the productions of the sculptor Vassé and the ornamentalist Oppenordt.
A particularly interesting drawing attributed to François-Antoine Vassé (1681-1736) now kept in the cabinet of prints of the National Library shows a fireplace presenting at the corners two figures of Zephyr and Flora probably in gilded bronze, very close to these sconces ( F. Souchal, French Sculptors, Oxford, 1987, p.417).
16 500 €