Pair of Perfume Burners “with the Three Graces”
Height. : 39 cm (15,3 in) ; Diam. : 14 cm (5,5 in)
Charming pair of gilded bronze and marble perfume burners representing the three graces playing around a finely wrapped column, in the manner of Etienne Falconet (sculptor, 1716-1791). Each group supports an openwork incense burner with twisted ribs, resting on a scrolling frieze and crowned by a flower bouquet. This piece stands on a fluted base which sits on top of a white marble circular plinth.
Several variations of bronze models featuring the three graces and made in the 18th century are known. They were very successful during the 19th century. A probable inspiration for these groups would be the white marble clock by Etienne-Maurice Falconet (1716-1791), circa 1770, which is in the collections of the Louvre Museum (OA6525).
A clock by François Vion, bronze-caster (circa 1740-1790) and Le Paute (clock-maker dynasty), whose three graces groupe is similar to ours, is in the collection of Fontainebleau Castle.
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