Exquisite Pair of Old Paris Gilt Campana Form Vases, c. 1840, with reserves of peasant dancing scenes, the sides with double rams head handles, the backs with reserves of gilt floral tracery, on stepped socle supports to square bases, H.- 13 1/4 in., Dia.- 9 3/4 in.
Condition consistent with age and use. Three hairline cracks, measuring approximately 4 ¼ in., 5 ½ in. and 3 ½ in., are observed on the interior of one example. An 1/8 inch chip is observed where one crack meets the rim. A cluster of cracks, in an approximate 3 by 3 inch area, is noted in the interior bottom of the other example. Wear and greyish residue is observed along the rims. Brown residue is noted on two handles and in clusters nearby. A flea-size chip is seen on one ram's head. Moderate wear is noted along the edges of the bases and the socles. Several pea-size spots of wear are seen in the painted scenes. An approximate 1 inch scratch is noted in the floral gilt decoration. Several flea-size chips are observed where the bodies of the vases meet the bases. A lovely pair.
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