• 500 Years Decorative Arts Euro auction at Christies

    Sale 2305

    500 Years Decorative Arts Europe Including Oriental Carpets

    20 April 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 150

    A GROUP OF FOUR REGENCY PATINATED BRONZE, CUT-GLASS AND ORMOLU CANDLESTICKS

    EARLY 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A GROUP OF FOUR REGENCY PATINATED BRONZE, CUT-GLASS AND ORMOLU CANDLESTICKS
    EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    Each representing one of the four continents, with removable lettered candlearms, elements with impressed letters
    13¼ in. (33.5 cm.) high (4)


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    The iconography of the four continents as well as other emblematic representations was first codified by Cesare Ripa (c.1560-1622), an aesthetician who worked for Cardinal Anton Maria Salviati. Ripa's Iconologia was first published in 1593 and was extremely influential among artists and craftsmen throughout Europe. In 1779, the Scottish architect George Richardson (1737/8-c.1813) published his own Iconology; or a Collection of Emblematical Figures in a two volume set. His publications had many subscribers and it could easily have been the inspiration for the offered lot. Notably, each Continent's attributes tend to reflect the current world order with Asia, America and Africa depicted with the raw materials that provided Europe's great wealth.

    Provenance

    Acquired from Jeremy, Ltd., London, 2004.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION (LOT 150)