Each bowl with leaf and bead edge on an acanthus-cast stem, signed THOMIRE A PARIS to the plinth
1512 in. (39 cm.) high, 10 in. (25.5 cm.) diameter
The Jay P. Altmayer Family Collection; Christie’s, New York, 19 January 2017, lot 60.
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A pair of similar tazze fitted with glass bowls by Thomire sold Christie's, London, 6 December 2007, lot 111. Pierre-Philippe Thomire, the most celebrated bronzier-ciseleur of the Empire period, was born into a family of ciseleurs. He worked initially for the renowned bronziers Pierre Gouthèire (1732-1813) and Jean-Louis Prieur (d. circa 1785-1790), ciseleur-doreur du roi, and quickly established a reputation for finely chased gilt-bronzes.In 1804, he purchased the business of Martin-Eloy Lignereux, marchand de dorure et meubles, at 41, rue Taitbout, which enabled him to expand his atelier dramatically, employing as many as 800 workers. He adapted well to the new severely classical style of the Empire period influenced by the designers Charles Percier and Pierre Fontaine in their Recueil de Décorations Intérieurs (1812). The firm of Thomire, Duterme et Cie. produced a comprehensive range of high quality gilt-bronze objects, including surtouts-de-table, candelabra, vases, clocks and cheminés. Thomire was also honored with the prestigious title of Ciseleur de l'Empéreur.

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