+Ravinet & Co Paris 1912 Louis XVI Neoclassical Urn Vase With Bacchus In .950 Silver
An impressive large mythological vase with Bacchus heads.
Beautiful antique decorative urn vase, created in Paris France by Ravinet & Cie in the turn of the century, back in the early 1910's. This massive piece was carefully crafted in solid .950/.999 sterling silver and mounted on a hexagonal shaped base carved from natural green marble.
Designed with an elegant smooth shape in the Louis XVI and French neoclassical style, with ancient Greeks revival motifs. Decorated with architectural metopes and triglyphs patterns of geometric lines and organic elements. At each sides, is embellished with the mature and bearded portraits in high relief, of the vine god Bacchus (Dionysos).
Stamped, with French hallmarks; twice with the helmeted portrait of Minerva facing to right, inside an hexagonal cartouche for the guaranty of the 95% silver and three times with the maker's mark "RC" inside a triangle (lozange) cartouche with a clover associated to Ravinet et Cie. The base is etched with the inventory numbers, "3292 2712 3"
This piece have a measure of 15.5 inches (39.37 Cm) and the base is 7 by 7 inches (17.78 x 17.78 Cm).
Dionysus, (Bacchus for the Romans), was the god of the grape-harvest, winemaking and wine, of fertility, orchards and fruit, vegetation, insanity, ritual madness, religious ecstasy, festivity and theatre in the ancient Greek culture. The iconographic theme on this sheet refer to the legend of the triumph of Dionysus, or as the Romans called him, Bacchus the god of the grape harvest, winemaking and wine, the son of Zeus and Semele. The Bacchanalia was a religious festival in honor of the wine god, Dionysus.
Metopes, in classical architecture, a metope is a rectangular architectural element that fills the space between two triglyphs in a Doric frieze, which is a decorative band of alternating triglyphs and metopes above the architrave of a building of the Doric order. Metopes often had painted or sculptural decoration; the most famous example are the 92 metopes of the Parthenon marbles some of which depict the battle between the Centaurs and the Lapiths
Note: The Ravinet et Cie had the workshop in Paris France between the 1910 and 1923.
Condition: The overall condition of this vase is excellent. Beside the little normal wear, there is no damage to the silver. This piece has been carefully inspected to guarantee the condition and authenticity. An extraordinary beautiful and elegant piece in excellent condition.
INVENTORY REF: D0000TAEN/.1111