Pair of antique French 19th century patinated bronze and marble decorative vases signed by Auguste Moreau (1834-1917). Featuring classic baluster vases casted in high relief with grape clusters, leaves and woody vines, extending to a relief of a snail. Flanked by playful merrymaking putti figures, both are finely modeled with cherubic faces, detailed hands and feet. Each vase is raised on stepped Rouge Griotte marble bases finished with a fine ormolu bottom. The vases stand 6 7/8" height. One vase is 6 3/8" across, the other is 6". The bases measures 4 3/8" square. In good antique condition, one vase with a corner repair to the marble base as shown, hardly noticeable.
Auguste Moreau (1834 - 1917) was a French sculptor born in Dijon. The third and youngest son of sculptor and painter Jean-Baptiste Moreau, Auguste began creating sculptural works alongside his older brothers Hippolyte and Mathurin. In 1861, Auguste Moreau made his debut at the Salon, where he exhibited regularly and abundantly until 1913. Moreau cast much of his sculptural work in bronze, often choosing pastoral or allegorical scenes as his subject matter. The fine works exhibit a naturalistic, elegant style, showing similarity to pieces cast by other members of the Moreau dynasty. Today, Auguste Moreaus sculpture is as highly prized as ever, and can be found in many important public institutions, galleries and collections around the world.