Pair of metal and ormolu vases painted to imitate porphyry
This ovoid shaped vase, characteristic of early 19th century production, unfolds great purity of design. A calculated use of gilding, coupled with harmonious balance of contours, suggest a return to the Antique in its strict neoclassical version.
During Napoleonic wars, a maritime embargo organized by the United Kingdom against the Empire forced French artists to compete in ingenuity in order to continue producing objects of art of the highest quality. A new trend towards trompe l’oeil (faux painting), especially aimed at replacing and imitating the stones which used to be imported, was born.