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    Sale 7745

    Important European Furniture, Sculpture & Clocks

    9 July 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 105

    A LOUIS XIV ORMOLU EIGHT-LIGHT CHANDELIER

    FIRST QUARTER 18TH CENTURY, IN THE MANNER OF ANDRE-CHARLES BOULLE

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    A LOUIS XIV ORMOLU EIGHT-LIGHT CHANDELIER
    FIRST QUARTER 18TH CENTURY, IN THE MANNER OF ANDRE-CHARLES BOULLE
    The central foliate-adorned baluster shaft flanked by four male espagnolettes and acanthus clasps, above foliate-cast S-shaped candlearms issuing from female masks with plumed headdress, adorned with putti busts and terminating in circular drip-pans and vase-shaped nozzles, with berried boss, previously drilled for electricity [the holes now filled in]
    25 in. (64 cm.) high; 33½ in. (85 cm.) diameter


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    Designed in the Louis XIV 'antique' manner, with its acanthus-wrapped baluster vase stem, caryatid heads and cherubic masks, this magnificent chandelier is related to documented patterns by the ébéniste, ciseleur, doreur et sculpteur du Roi , André-Charles Boulle (1641-1732).

    A chandelier of virtually identical design is in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris (inv. 4837 and ill. V. Baur, op. cit., p. 78, ill. 98), while the distinct pierced herm volutes flanking the baluster as well as the plumed masks supporting the square-sectioned branches can also be found on the celebrated set of four chandeliers attributed to Boulle in the Bibliothèque Mazarin, Paris (H. Ottomeyer, P. Pröschel, op. cit., p. 54, ill. 1.6.10), which had been confiscated from the duc de Brissac in 1795.

    An engraving, first published by Daniel Marot in his Nouveaux Livre d'Orfevrie Invent par Marot Architecte du Roi of 1710, although conceptually of twenty or thirty years earlier, illustrates several chandeliers with lambrequin-capped female masks, as well as the distinctive acanthus-wrapped S-scroll arms (op. cit., p. 50, ill. 1.6.1).

    Intriguingly, a sepia drawing of circa 1830-40 by Friedrich Nerly (1807-1878) of Carl Friedrich von Rumohr (1785-1843) and Wolf Graf von Baudissin (1789-1878) seated in the hall of Gut Rantzau shows the chandelier in situ. Noteworthy also are the superb Beauvais tapestries seen in the background, famously acquired by the German government in 1914 as decoration for the Reichstag.

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    Provenance

    By repute acquired by either count Christian Detlef zu Rantzau (1670-1721), count Heinrich Reventlow (d. 1732) or his brother Detlev Reventlow in Paris and by descent with the counts von Baudissin at Gut Rantzau, Holstein.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN


    Literature

    COMPARATIVE LITERATURE:
    H. Ottomeyer, P. Pröschel et al., Vergoldete Bronzen, vol. I, Munich, 1986, pp. 50 and 54, ills. 1.6.1 and 1.6.10.
    V. Baur, Kerzenleuchter aus Metall, Munich, 1977, p. 78, ill. 98.