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Centrepiece
  • Centrepiece
    Thomire, Pierre-Philippe, born 1751 - died 1843
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Centrepiece

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1810-1820 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Thomire, Pierre-Philippe, born 1751 - died 1843 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gilt bronze

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr Douglas Vickers

  • Museum number:

    M.135-1929

  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 66, The Whiteley Galleries, case 1 []

Intended as part of a table decoration in which centrepiece, candelabra and comports were arranged on a mirror-lined plateau. From 1804 Thomire ran the leading bronze manufactory in Paris. Among its works for Napoleon's court was a cradle designed by Prud'hon for the King of Rome, produced in collaboration with the goldsmith Odiot. Thomire, apprenticed to the bronzier Pierre Gouthière, set up business in 1776, and from 1783 worked at Sèvres porcelain factory to provide mounts. He established a new bronze business in 1804 but Thomire himself retired in 1823.

Physical description

Centrepiece, ormolu. Pierced circular basket supported on a column surrounded by three dancing female figures; the drum shaped base decorated with swags of of fruit hanging from pilasters, and lyres. There is an accompanying corona of twelve small branch candlesticks (one wanting) attached to a ring to fit inside the basket. It is of later date.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

ca. 1810-1820 (made)

Artist/maker

Thomire, Pierre-Philippe, born 1751 - died 1843 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Gilt bronze

Marks and inscriptions

'THOMIRE A PARIS'
Stamped

Dimensions

Height: 76 cm, Width: 32 cm

Object history note

Given by Mr. Douglas Vickers

Descriptive line

Centrepiece, gilt bronze, made by Pierre Philippe Thomire, Paris, ca. 1820

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Hans Ottermeyer and Peter Proschel ed., Pierre-Philippe Thomire-Unternehmer und Künstler, Vergoldete Bronzen, II, Klinkhardt and Biermann, 1986, Band I, p. 387, 5.16.12

Labels and date

CENTREPIECE
Manufacturer: Pierre Philippe Thomire (1751-1843)
Paris: about 1820
Gilt bronze
Stamped: THOMIRE A PARIS

Intended as part of a table decoration in which centrepiece, candelabra and comports were arranged on a mirror-lined plateau. From 1804 Thomire ran the leading bronze manufactory in Paris. Among its works for Napoleon's court was a cradle designed by Prud'hon for the King of Rome, produced in collaboration with the goldsmith Odiot. Thomire, apprenticed to the bronzier Pierre Gouthière, set up business in 1776, and from 1783 worked at Sèvres porcelain factory to provide mounts. He established a new bronze business in 1804 but Thomire himself retired in 1823. [1987-2006]

Materials

Ormolu

Techniques

Gilding; Casting

Categories

Metalwork; Eating

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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