Mounted with Mythical Serpents
From our Decorative collection, we are pleased French Rouge Marble Urn by Thiébaut Freres. The urn carved from rouge (red) marble with a carved step finial bulbous body and stepped circular plinth base. The urn mounted with two mythical beasts. The first a Amphiptere (winged serpent) and the second a dragon with the two intwined around the tails. The urn is hinged below the finial and plated in Silver throughout. The inside of the lid stamped Thiébaut Freres Fondeurs Paris. The rouge marble urn dates to the late 19th century during the Belle Epoque period circa 1870.
Thiébaut Freres Henri-Léon Thiébaut (1855-1899) was a student to the sculptor Alexandre Lequien (1822-1905). As a bronze-caster, and sculptor, Henri-Léon Thiébaut produced bronze art pieces that he exhibited at the Salon from 1878 to 1898. During the 1889 Paris Universal Exhibition Thiébaut exhibited, the Maison Thiébaut Frères (Thiébaut Brothers) of world renown was in poll position. A quote from the catalogue of the Universal Exhibition about the Thiébaut Brothers reads “the most difficult and ambitious works of art do not frighten them”, later in 1893 during the Chicago Universal Exhibition, their bronzes were described as “wonders of casting, chiselling and patina”. Thiébaut partnered with some of the most influential sculptors of the day, obtaining publishing contracts for their work including the 1850’s purchase of Antoine-Louis Barye’s models of Lion & Lioness from the Debraux foundry, as well as partnerships with David d’Angers, Jean-Alexandre Falguiére, Albert Carrier-Belleuse and Paul Dubois. The Thiébaut Freres foundry was regarded as one of the most important foundries in France and thus their accomplishments were significant, one of their most famous work is the circa 1899 reduction of the Statue of Liberty cast by Thiébaut Freres for installation at the end of Swan Island in view of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The same year saw the casting of the largest monument in Paris, the Triumph of the Republic by Jules Dalou commissioned for the Place de la Nation and almost entirely manufactured by Thiébaut Freres.
Belle Epoque was a period of French, Belgian and European history, usually considered to begin around 1870 and to end with the outbreak of World War I in 1914.