Pair French Neo-Grecian Greek Revival Bronze Amphora Vases After Ferdinand Levillain
Cast (and signed) in the early 20th century by Barbedienne of Paris, this pair of Greek Revival amphora vases after Ferdinand Levillain (1837-1905) feature monopodium feet and crown with draped male heads, and wonderful parcel-gilt decorations including a nude male playing pan pipes under a tree with goddess, and the other featuring a male sacrificing a goat to a god. Measures: 12.5" tall each. Slate bases have noticeable small chip losses at the edges, and one has a larger chip at the top of one corner. Levillain was a student of Jouffroy and exhibited at Paris Salon from 1861 and won a silver medal at the Paris Exposition of 1889. A similar pair with rouge marble pedestals and overall gilt finish, cast by Barbedienne, were recently offered by Christie's in New York with an estimate of $20,000-$30,000.