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    Sale 7466

    Le Goût Steinitz, III

    6 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 444

    A NORTH EUROPEAN ORMOLU AND GREEN-PAINTED EIGHT-LIGHT CHANDELIER

    CIRCA 1820-30, POSSIBLY RUSSIAN

    Price Realised  

    A NORTH EUROPEAN ORMOLU AND GREEN-PAINTED EIGHT-LIGHT CHANDELIER
    CIRCA 1820-30, POSSIBLY RUSSIAN
    The dished tazza mounted with masks flanked by cornucopia and arabesque motifs, with a pine cone boss surrounded by oak leaves, the palmette-filled border issuing C-scrolled branches headed by foliate-cast eagles' heads and terminating in patinated bronze winged female masks, with circular drip-pans and urn-shaped nozzles, hung from chains issuing from a pierced palmette corona, the bowl repainted
    25 in. (63 cm.) high; 33¼ in. (84.5 cm.) diameter


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    This elegant chandelier relates to the work of Andrei Schreiber, a German bronzier, who came to St. Petersburg from Yuriev in the 1790s. In the St. Petersburg Gazette of 5 October 1809, Schreiber advertised his works, which included 'lustres, lamps for the wall, the table and with shades, candlesticks, candelabra, vases, fireplace items and other bronze articles of furnishing' (I. Sychev, Russian Bronze, Moscow, 2002, pp. 94-95). Schreiber received various commissions from the Imperial family, which resulted in his appointment as Bronzier de la Cour de S.M.I. He was one of the principal craftsmen employed for the redecoration of Pavlovsk in 1815-1816.

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