After Pierre Gouthière
A Pair of Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Alabastro Fiorito Antico Pedestal Columns
A Pair of Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Alabastro Fiorito Antico Pedestal Columns. The pedestals are of classical form with finely figured Alabastro...
DimensionsHeight: 113 cm (45 in)
Width: 25 cm (10 in)
Depth: 25 cm (10 in)
A Pair of Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Alabastro Fiorito Antico Pedestal Columns.
The pedestals are of classical form with finely figured Alabastro Foiorito columns and gilt-bronze Corinthian capitals and laurel leaf plinth bases. Each acanthus leaf to the capitals individually cast.
Alabastro Fiorito Antico is among the most beautiful & rare of ancient stones, with distinct veining, exceptional colours, and stunning lustre. It is a compact banded travertine composed mainly of Calcite, with some bands as colourless prismatic crystals, richly coloured by iron oxides, red Hematite and brown Goethite.
French, Circa 1890.
Pierre Gouthière (1732 – 1813) son of a saddle maker, rose to become the most famous Parisian bronze chaser and gilder of the late 1700s, receiving commissions from some of the leading connoisseurs of his day. Like many successful apprentices, he married the widow of his first employer and took over his establishment. Success came quickly, and in November 1767 he received the title of doreur du roi (Gilder to the King) from Louis XV. Gouthière also supplied works to the Comte d’Artois, the Marquis de Marigny, and the marchand mercier Dominique Daguerre, among others.
Gouthière was a master of chasing and invented a new type of gilding that left a matte finish. He combined polished with matte finishes to create varied effects on the surfaces of his bronzes. He made many types of objects, including furniture mounts, ornaments for mantelpieces and coaches, and mounts for porcelain or marble vases.