Girandole With Caryatides Depicted As Female Hermen
The impressive, yet delicate Girandole, elaborated in Bronze Doré, alternately with a matte and polished finish, is beautifully executed with dark green almost black frame. It raises from a round chiselled base with extraordinary beads and garlands decoration, issuing the three hermen caryatides, who carry a vase-shaped vessel terminating in the vase-shaped center nozzle.
The three swept and partly twisted arms are with foliate, blossom decoration, each terminating in a vase-shaped nozzle.
An especially nice details can be found in the drawing of a table leg in matte, gilt Bronze; most likely the two tables, shown at the Louvre 1773, acquired by Gouthière for Marie Antoinette
This draft beautifully shows the table leg decoration with female hermen and the winding garlands below, identic with our girandole’s execution (from literature: H. Ottomeyer / P. Pröschel, Vergoldete Bronzen — Die Bronzearbeiten des Spätbarock und Klassizismus, München 1986, page 570, dep. 20)
Gouthière’s exquisite customer circle also reflects his big success, to name King Louis XVI, Marie-Antoinette, Duchesse de Vileroy, Comte d’Artois, Princess Kinsky, Duc de Duras, Marquis Marigny and other significant personalities of his time.
Literature: H. Ottomeyer / P. Pröschel, Vergoldete Bronzen — Die Bronzearbeiten des Spätbarock und Klassizismus, München 1986; Part I, p. 208 (section XXV, a girandole by P. Gouthière), p. 258 dep. 4.7.10 and p. 286f. (dep. 4.15.1 to 4.15.6, very similar models of girandoles); Part II, p. 561 – 642 Biography Pierre Gouthière, p. 579 dep. 20. (s. below); Pierre Gouthière, Virtuose Gilder at the French Court, Catalogue Frick Collection, S. 286, 287, Fig. 131, 132 (below)