At just over two feet long, this gilt bronze jardiniere was produced in France, circa 1850, at the end of the Neoclassical period. Neoclassical was inspired by art and culture of ancient civilizations, most notably, Greece, Rome, and Egypt.
This lovely gilded bronze jardiniere has a top molding with a repeating zigzag chevron, known as dancette, with a roundel inset in each triangle. Moldings were often incised with geometric embellishments in classical Roman architecture. The sides of the jardiniere are adorned with two more neoclassical motifs: the acanthus leaf and the niche. Here we have a large acanthus leaf enclosed within a roughly ovate niche with an arched top. Two sections of each side are lifted, and they flank a raised large floral cartouche with a foliate margent below. The ends have scrolled handles with lion mascaron décor. Beneath each handle is a raised foliate rinceaux that extends down towards a monopodial paw foot. The lifted sections on the sides terminate underneath in disc feet. An oval brass liner rests inside the planter.
Our long, 19th century gilt bronze Neoclassical jardiniere from France will brighten up any table surface or buffet. It would be gorgeous with flowers, dried flowers, or on its own as a decorative accessory.
CONDITION: Good condition with minor wear to finish, and oxidation and denting to interior liner.