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    Sale 7464

    Un hôtel particulier du Faubourg Saint-Germain The Collection of The Marquis and Marquise de Ravenel

    21 - 22 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 240

    A PAIR OF CHARLES X ORMOLU AND BRONZE RHYTON LAMPS

    CIRCA 1825

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A PAIR OF CHARLES X ORMOLU AND BRONZE RHYTON LAMPS
    CIRCA 1825
    With later glass globe shades and chimneys, one globe lacking, adapted for electricity
    31 in. (78.7 cm.) high overall (2)


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    Serving as decorative vase garnitures for hearth mantelpieces, these gold-enriched bronze lamps, evoke the Roman adage, 'Sine Baccho et Cerere frigit Venus', while also reflecting the imperial Roman style promoted by the Italian architect G. B. Piranesi's Vasi, candelabri, cippi, sarcofagi, tripodi, lucerne, ed ornamenti antichiti, Rome, 1778, and the engraved oeuvres of the French architects C. Percier and P. Fontaine Percier. The oil-lamps' glass celestial-orbs are raised on altar-plinths issuing from oil-vase 'rhytons' that are buttressed by triumphal palm-flowered acanthus. The stepped altar-plinths of these bacchic ram-headed 'horns of plenty' bear bas-relief tablets, that recall the harvest deities Bacchus and Ceres with their display of wine-krater vases festooned by beribboned fruit and flowers.

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    Provenance

    Purchased from Galerie Camoin, quai Voltaire, Paris.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that although the catalogue illustration shows two glass shades, one spotted globular glass shade is in fact lacking, as stated in the catalogue description.