A pair of large ram’s head Serpentine vases
A pair of Louis XVI large gilt bronze-mounted Serpentine covered vases
Height: 67.5 cm. (26 ½ in.) Width: 32 cm. (12 ½ in.) Depth: 23.5 cm. (9 ¼ in.)
Width and depth of base: 16.3 cm. (6 ½ in.)
Collection of Hubert de Givenchy, Paris
For a pair of similar vases with foliate handles in place of ram’s heads see another pair also from the collection of Hubert de Givenchy, sold Christie’s Monaco, 4 December 1993, lots 28 and 29, and subsequently with Galerie Didier Aaron, Paris, reproduced in Catalogue XI.
Serpentine is a stone from the silicate family quarried in the 17th and 18th Century primarily in the region around Zöblitz in Saxony. Softer than granite, it was prized for its greenish-black colour and lustrous surface when polished.