Charles Nicolas Odiot Massive and extraordinary centerpiece jardinière. This museum piece have a great history, been realized for the London Exhibition in 1862, and presented at the Paris 1867 Exhibition too. The style of this jardinière is the « Impératrice Eugenie LS XVI » this centerpiece was made only in 2 exemplary, one in silver, and one smaller in silvergilt who have been made later at the end 19th Century. 11.5 kilos of massive silver in the best quality...Full dossier at disposition if you want more information. 73cm - 28.74'' large. 28cm - 11.02'' Width. 45cm - 17.71'' Depth.
11'500 grams or 369 oz weight. One of the Highlights of the 1862 and 1867 International Exhibitions.
Gustave Odiot succeeded his father in 1856 and presented this jardinière for his first International Exhibition in London in 1862. He was lauded for keeping the family tradition of style and craftsmanship. This jardinière is indeed a perfect example of Gustaves ability, like his forefathers, to adapt to the new tastes of the Second Empire to create a style described as a revised Louis XVI, while preserving the spirit of the family. Following this success, he decided to exhibit the jardinière again in 1867; this International Exhibition stands out as the high point of the Second Empire and of French genius. Silver was well represented with displays of new technological achievements along with intricate and rich ornaments and statuary.
Once again goldsmiths called upon sculptors for models and the historicist influence was more than ever present in their work, sometimes excessively but certainly in order to satisfy their clients' tastes. Odiot came out of the exhibition quite gloriously having been mentioned in Paul Christofle's report for his richly decorated and skilfully executed objects for which he was granted a gold medal and by Jules Mesnard for understanding the link between the quality of the object and the rank of its recipient.
There he presented together with this jardinière numerous pieces that not only confirmed the loyalty of his associates, such as François Gilbert but also of his prestigious clientele: M. Petin who commissioned a large service, the Earl of Chevigné, a table centre, the Jockey Club a prize, and the surtout of the Duke of Galliera. A Symbol of The Imperial Regime. This jardinière is described in eloquent details by Jules Mesnard in his Merveilles de lExposition universelle de 1867: arts, industrie, bronzes, meubles, orfèvrerietome 2, Paris, 1867 as a Louis XVI basket in the best taste' highlighting the style of the surrounding frieze with its elegant female figures arranged in the richly and firmly modelled foliate scrolls delicately distributed, giving an overall happy and pleasing feeling. The side handles shaped as female torsos offer a charming movement and their bent bodies seemingly straining to lift the jardinière are most interesting; the small heads are also very beautiful...
These complimentary comments are all very sincere as this is one the true wonders of this exhibition. A gilt version of this jardinière is described in Odiot lOrfèvre as being in the'Louis XVI-Impératrice' style, referring to Empress Eugénie's passion for Marie-Antoinette that would come to define the Napoléon III style. Eugénie greatly contributed to the rediscovery of the Louis XVI style as defined by Marie-Antoinette whom she worshipped. Although she acquired some original pieces she also had many copied.
This new style borrows the straight classical lines of the Louis XVI as well as the ornaments such as pearls, scrolls, foliage, ribbons and medallions but often combined in excess though the general feeling seems strangely lighter, less rigid, somehow more elegant and happier. This jardinière is one of the first produced by Odiot and was given to Augustin Pouyer-Quertier by the Compagnie des Courtiers et Agents de Change of Rouen on 29th June 1866 so before the International Exhibition. Pouyer- Quertier was at the time the member of parliament for Seine Inférieure, a seat he held from 1857. Born in 1829 in Etouville, he had studied at the Ecole Polytechnique before setting up a cotton factory in Rouen. He was elected mayor of Fleury-sur-Andelle in 1854 and as MP in 1857.He was appointed Finance Minister in 1871 but after only 375 days he was forced to resign following the trial of Janvier de La Motte. In 1876 he was elected Senator for the Seine Inférieure and held this post until his death. He also set up the French Telegraph company in New York which would contribute to the development of news agencies and throughout presided over the Free Society of Agriculture, Sciences, Arts and Literature in the départment of the Eure. He died in Rouen in 1891. The jardinière thereafter remained in his family and was later engraved with the initials GS which cannot be attributed to any of his descendants. The item "369 oz XXL CENTERPIECE ODIOT FRENCH STERLING SILVER 1862 LONDON EXHIBITION UNIQU" is in sale since Wednesday, April 8, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Non-U. The seller is "rosat-antiques" and is located in Bruxelles. This item can be shipped worldwide.