Pair of flower-engraved glass Bowls on gilded ‘Greek Key’ stands

Pair of flower-engraved glass Bowls on gilded ‘Greek Key’ stands

Pair of flower-engraved glass Bowls on gilded ‘Greek Key’ stands

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Pair of flower-engraved glass Bowls on gilded ‘Greek Key’ stands:
the glass engraved with arcaded design of alternating single flowers and dotted ground; the base with a star ‘flower’; resting on triform classical stands cast with laurel leaves; the handles and feet in ‘Greek Key’ form; festooned with three ornamental chains with ball finials. French, Circa 1875, in Aesthetic taste.

Height:7"-19.5cm
Width:6"-16.5cm
Projection:6½"-16.5cm

Aesthetic

The Aesthetic movement peaked in the 1870s in Britain, promoting 'Art for Art's sake'. Its patterns were influenced by mid-19th Century design reform and the Japanese. Motifs featured peacocks, sunflowers, cherry blossom and fans. Thomas Jekyll, Edwin Godwin, Walter Crane and Christopher Dresser were leading designers.

gilded, gilt

A very thin layer of gold applied to brass or bronze.

neo-classical

(from mid-18th Century) When this style took over from the rococo, its heavier forms took inspiration from the baroque. It featured highly decorative swags and borders, and other classical motifs, popularised by the contemporary archaeological finds at Herculaneum and Pompeii. See Adam's style.

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