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    Sale 7592

    Four British Collections Including Important Furniture

    5 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 96

    A GEORGE I GILT-GESSO GIRANDOLE

    EARLY 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A GEORGE I GILT-GESSO GIRANDOLE
    EARLY 18TH CENTURY
    The rectangular bevelled plate in a moulded frame surmounted by a cartouche with an interlaced cypher 'RC', flanked by confronting eagle's heads, the waved apron centred by a shell, with a pair of later brass candlebranches, the gesso largely original but with losses and refreshments to gilding, the background probably associated
    48 x 25½ in. (122 x 64.5 cm.)


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    The golden pier-glass sconce, sculpted in bas-relief in the George I 'antique' fashion, bears a scrolled and palm-wrapped temple-pediment that evokes 'Roman virtue' with Jupiter eagle-heads confronting a cypher-enriched escutcheon borne on a fretted and reed-gadrooned cartouche; while Love's shell badge accompanies the sconce-branches of its lambrequined apron. The Paris-trained architect Daniel Marot (d. 1752) published a goldsmith's pattern for a Regal sconce with confronted eagles in his, Nouveaux Livre d'’rfevrerie, issued around 1700.

    The entwined and addorsed letters R and C, comprise its French-fashioned cipher; and amongst those, who would have been likely to commission such furniture, was Richard Child later Earl Tylney of Castlemaine (d. 1750) and builder of Wanstead, Essex. One such 'sconce' frame ornamented the mid-18th century trade card issued by the St. Martin's Lane 'Frame-Maker' Joseph Cox (Sir A. Heal, The London Furniture Makers, London, 1953, p. 15).

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    Provenance

    Anonymous sale, Christie's, New York, 12 October 1991, lot 80.
    Anonymous sale, Sotheby's, New York, 24-25 April 1992, lot 469.
    Anonymous sale, Christie's, New York, 12 October 1996, lot 67.
    Bought from Malletts, March 1998.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A NOBLEMAN
    (LOTS 96-97)