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    Sale 12029

    The Opulent Eye - 19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art, Ceramics & Carpets

    7 June 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 127

    A FRENCH ORMOLU SIX-LIGHT CHANDELIER

    OF LOUIS XVI STYLE, CIRCA 1880

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    A FRENCH ORMOLU SIX-LIGHT CHANDELIER
    OF LOUIS XVI STYLE, CIRCA 1880
    The corona issuing three chains supporting a central stem with flame shade above three trumpet-playing putti and out-scrolled foliate branches, terminating in a fruiting terminal, fitted for electricity
    45 ¾ in. (116.5 cm.) high; 30 in. (76 cm.) diameter


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    The present chandelier is based on an 18th century model dated to circa 1780, today in the collections of the Château de Versailles, and illustrated in H. Ottomeyer, P. Pröschel et al., Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, vol. I, p. 238, fig. 4.4.1. Though the Louis XVI model remains unattributed, its classically inspired central stem, carefully chased cherubs and scrolling foliate arms evoke the work of the finest bronziers of the last quarter of the 18th century including Pierre Gouthière. The enduring popularity of this chandelier gave rise to high-quality reproductions in the 19th century including examples by Henry Dasson and Alfred Beurdeley.

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE PARISIAN COLLECTION (LOTS 126-129)