These Renaissance style antique French patinated bronze ewers depict very busy and mischievous Bacchanalian putti at play. A cherub sits atop the handle holding an item in his hands. The musicians are putti with horns, drums and possibly a flute and two dancing putti on either side; a cherub is pulling a goat by its horns towards the cart the goat should be pulling; a putto is sitting in the cart trying to steer, while two other putti are pushing and pulling the cart towards the goat. These ewers are in the Renaissance style and date to the 1800s.
The ewers are after Alphonse Giroux (died 1848). Giroux was a French ebeniste who founded an art restoration business in the late 18th century. Giroux’s company produced furniture of many different styles, all of which were highly sought after by the French royal family and members of the aristocracy. The company was highly influential and also introduced the first animated device as well as the first commercially produced photography camera.
They have beautifully detailed ornamentation of grapes and grape vines, rams’ heads, beading, stylized acanthus leaves, and birds.
CONDITION: Very good antique condition with only minor rubs to patina