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    Sale 12455

    European Furniture & Works of Art

    6 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 105

    A PAIR OF EMPIRE ORMOLU FOUR-BRANCH WALL-LIGHTS

    ATTRIBUTED TO CLAUDE GALLE, CIRCA 1810

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    A PAIR OF EMPIRE ORMOLU FOUR-BRANCH WALL-LIGHTS
    ATTRIBUTED TO CLAUDE GALLE, CIRCA 1810
    Each back plate modelled as an arrow applied with a mask of Diana and a lion's head issuing horn-shaped branches terminating in drip-pans and nozzles, two masks on one later
    27 ½ in. (70 cm.) high; 17 in. (43 cm.) wide


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    These wall-lights are of the model delivered by Claude Galle in 1806 to the château de Fontainebleau, for the grand salon de reception de la secretairerie d’Etat de France (ill. J.P. Samoyault, Pendules et Bronzes d'ameublement entrés sous le Premier Empire, 1989, p. 141, fig.114). A further ‘paire de bras à flèches tête de Diane à quatre branches’ is recorded in Galle’s atelier in 1815.