Provenance: By repute, Emperor Napoleon I (d. 1821), by whom given to King Frederick I of Württemberg (1754 – 1816).
By repute, Baron René-Pierre de Boucheporn (d. 1931), Château de Sully, La Toure-de Peilz, Switzerland.
Harry Rixson, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, where acquired 28 October 1938, as part of a «Set of 3 Very fine Regency Vases»
(GBP 45; see also lot 100).
A very fine Empire gilt bronze and patinated Campagna urn, attributed to Pierre-Philippe Thomire. Above a frieze of Olympian figures including Flora, Venus and Diana with putti, the outscrolled handles issuing from Jupiter masks with a band of scrolling foliage and palmettes, on a fluted socle, the square plinth mounted with bacchic masks, on a stepped plints cast with lotus leaves alternating darts.
Paris, date circa 1805
Height 67.5 cm, base27 cm x 27 cm