Ref. 1857

H. Vian

Bronze-caster (1860-1905)
(attributed to)

Pair of Cassolettes

Circa 1890

Marble, Bronze

Height : 49 cm (19,3 in.) ; Width : 22 cm (8,6 in.) ; Depth : 19 cm (7,5 in.)

Beautiful pair of Louis XVI-inspired baluster-shaped cassolettes in white marble, enriched with an elegant bronze mount with a double patina. The lid is topped with a seed-shaped grip.
The body is decorated with garlands of ivy attached to a button. The leafy handles rest on the top of the collar and join the pedestal decorated with large leaves surrounded by a laurel rush. The whole rests on a molded cubic base.


Henri Vian, a bronze-caster active in the second half of the 19th Century, made a lot of interior decorations with chimney mantelpieces, ormolu and patinated-mounted vases, chandeliers… He produced articles of the highest quality. The signature can be either in script, usually with a lower case first letter for his Christian name as on these vases, or more commonly with initials h.V. in later pieces. The business, located at 5 rue de Thorigny in Paris (Salé Mansion, now Picasso Museum), was continued by Madame Vian after her husband’s death in 1905.

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