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    Sale 7608

    Important European Furniture and Sculpture

    10 July 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 12

    A PAIR OF EMPIRE ORMOLU CANDLESTICKS

    CIRCA 1805-1810

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    A PAIR OF EMPIRE ORMOLU CANDLESTICKS
    CIRCA 1805-1810
    Each with circular bobeche and flame nozzle, above a canted shaft and lotus base, on a conformingly-edged foot, each stamped 'SC' beneath a crown and '7620', with crossed out inventory marks 'STC 5300, 6562, 6439, 5971'
    12 in. (30 cm.) high (2)


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    These candlesticks bear the imperial inventory stamps for the château de Saint-Cloud, and were almost certainly supplied for the redecoration of Napoleon's principal residence under the architects Charles Percier and Pierre-François-Léonard Fontaine.

    With their lotus-cast spreading shaft and conformingly decorated circular base, these candlesticks 'à pans' are related to a pair recorded in 1810 in the Château de Fontainebleau (ill. in J.P. Samoyault, Pendules et bronzes d'ameublement entráes sous le Premier Empire, Paris, 1989, p. 188, fig. 173). These candlesticks, most probably delivered by Claude Galle in 1807, are recorded as 'deux flambeaux pieds ronds palmettes tiges à balusters tulpes par le base de om28' (Arch. Nat., 0 656). Further flambeaux à pans now in Fontainebleau are illustrated Ibid, pp.194-99.

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    Provenance

    Almost certainly supplied to the château de Saint-Cloud, circa 1805-10.