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    Sale 7627

    Dealing in Excellence: A Celebration of Hotspur and Jeremy

    20 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 78

    A PAIR OF DUTCH FIVE-LIGHT GILTWOOD CHANDELIERS

    THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY

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    A PAIR OF DUTCH FIVE-LIGHT GILTWOOD CHANDELIERS
    THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY
    Each with flowering basket above an interlaced c-scroll open stem with flaming urn finial urn finial issuing five husk-carved scrolled branches with drip-pans and nozzles, one arms and one lower final replaced, losses to gilding
    28 in. (71 cm.) high; 31 in. (71 cm.) diameter (2)


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    Such elaborate rococo chandeliers such as the present pair are typical of those made in Holland in the 18th century. A comparable gilded limewood chandelier is in the Rijksmuseum, in the style of the Amsterdam carver Assueris van Weeghal (master sculptor in 1755), and was included in the exhibition Rococo in Nederland, Amsterdam, 2001, p. 194, no. 105 and also in the exhibition at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York, Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008, New York, 2008 (see R. Baarsen, 'Rococo in Holland', in Rococo: The Continuing Curve, New York, 2008, pp. 154-156, fig. 8).
    Such chandeliers had been previously thought to be English in manufacture and one is illustrated in F. Lenygon (M. Jourdain writing under a pseudonym), Decoration in England 1660-1770, London, 1914, p. 284, fig. 347.

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