Urn with Sphinx and Satyr Mascaron handles (designed by Claude Ballin II and modelled by Nicolas Legendre, Laurent Magnier and Jean Baptiste Tuby)
Bronze on stone plinth, Urn with Sphinx and Satyr Mascaron handles (designed by Claude Ballin II and modelled by Nicolas Legendre, Laurent Magnier and Jean Baptiste Tuby), French School. 19th century. Pair of bronze urns, turned bodies with vine leaf rims and the signs of the Zodiac, and cartouches of swords with olive branches, handles in the form of sphinxes standing on satyr masks, on square stone plinths.These are a pair of the fourteen types of the 26 bronze vases placed on the parapets bordering the south side of the Parterre Nord (14 vases) and the north side of the Parterre du Midi (12 vases) of the Château de Versailles. All but two of them were designed by the Royal goldsmith, Claude Ballin. They are still in situ, but in 1852 eighteen new vases were cast from some of them, and placed on the side walls of the Parterre du Midi. It seems likely that the 4th Marquess of Hertford took this occasion to obtain casts for Bagatelle, whence these and other examples (e.g. at Lanhydrock and Sissinghurst) are reputed to have come.
Bequeathed to the National Trust by Huttleston Rogers Broughton, 1st Lord Fairhaven (1896-1966) with the house and the rest of the contents.
Makers and roles
French School, sculptor Claude Ballin II (Paris 1661 - Paris 1754), designer Michel Anguier (Eu 1612 - Paris 1686), modelled by Nicolas Legendre (Etampes-sur-Marne 1619 - Paris 1671) , modelled by Laurent Magnier (Paris 1615 - Paris 1700), modelled by