A Set of Three Neoclassical Style Gilt-Bronze and Rose Granite Columns
A Set of Three Neoclassical Style Gilt-Bronze and Rose Granite Corinthian Columns After The Model by Pierre Gouthière. Each acanthus leaf to the capitals...
DimensionsHeight: 247 cm (98 in)
Width: 41 cm (17 in)
Depth: 41 cm (17 in)
A Set of Three Neoclassical Style Gilt-Bronze and Rose Granite Corinthian Columns After The Model by Pierre Gouthière.
Each acanthus leaf to the capitals individually cast. The quality of the bronzes are exceptional, and most likely cast by Ferdinand Barbedienne.
The Corinthian capitals of these columns are based on the celebrated model designed by Pierre Gouthière circa 1775-1780, and now in the permanent collection du mobilier national Français at the Musée du Louvre (inv. MR XI 1077). Surmounting a porphyry column, Gouthière’s capital was lot 122 in the sale of the duc d’Aumont’s collections on December 12, 1782.
Pierre Gouthière (1732 – 1813) was the most celebrated bronze gilder in France during the Eighteenth Century, the title of ‘Gilder to the King’ being given to him by Louis XV. He perfected the most expensive type of gilding of this period, dorure au mat, which involved the use of lavish amounts of gold to create a rich, deep matte finish. As well as working for the King he created items for the Comte d’Artois, the Marquis de Marigny, and the duc d’Aumont.
The collection of the duc d’Aumont was sold at auction in Paris in 1782 and many objects mounted by Gouthière were bought by Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. His works, unsurpassed in creativity and execution, can now be found in the Wallace Collection, London and the Louvre, Paris.
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.
D. Alcouffe .et al., .Gilt Bronzes in the Louvre, Dijon, 2004, cat. 122, p. 244.