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    Sale 7608

    Important European Furniture and Sculpture

    10 July 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 116

    A LOUIS XV ORMOLU TWO-LIGHT ENCRIER

    CIRCA 1750, IN THE MANNER OF JACQUES CAFFIERI

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    A LOUIS XV ORMOLU TWO-LIGHT ENCRIER
    CIRCA 1750, IN THE MANNER OF JACQUES CAFFIERI
    Of asymmetrical shape, the scrolled acanthus hinged lid with pounced ground revealing a plain well with liner, flanked by two further ink wells with hinged lids, with acanthus frieze and shaped bracket feet, surmounted by three seated and reclining draped putti emblematic of the arts and resting on scrolling foliate entwined arms with foliate drip-pans and leaf-cast nozzles
    13 in. (33 cm.) high; 18 in. (46 cm.) wide; 13 in. (33 cm.) deep


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    The design for this superb encrier, which consists entirely of broadly modelled scrolls, is closely related to the work of Jacques Caffiéri (1678-1755), sculpteur, fondeur et ciseleur du Roi. Its base is similar to that of the porcelain-mounted 'Turkish' clock in the Residenz, Munich, which is often linked to this maker (H. Ottomeyer, P. Pröschel, et al., Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, vol. I, Pl. VIII, p. 87). Particularly noteworthy is the distinctive foliate-cast lid of the present encrier, which relates closely to the clasps on one of the so-called 'Parma' chandeliers in the Wallace Collection, which was executed by Caffiéri circa 1751 (P. Hughes, The Wallace Collection, Collection of Furniture, London, 1996, vol. III, no. 266, pp. 1317-1322). Cupid's studious companions, who are seated on a scroll and on the edges of hollow-sided pedestal, are similar both in pose and chasing to those on a pair of chenets in the Wallace Collection, which are attributed to Philippe Caffiéri (1714-1774), possibly using models of infants designed by his father Jacques (ibid., no. 268, pp. 1322-1325)

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    Provenance

    Antenor Patiño (1896 - 1982).
    And by descent to the present owner.


    Saleroom Notice

    The measurements should read: 85 in. (215 cm.) high; 55 in. (140 cm.) diameter.