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    Sale 7816

    Le Grand Goût - A Private European Collection

    17 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 19

    A PAIR OF EMPIRE ORMOLU MARTIAL TROPHY CHENETS

    BY CLAUDE-FRANCOIS RABIAT, CIRCA 1810-15

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    A PAIR OF EMPIRE ORMOLU MARTIAL TROPHY CHENETS
    BY CLAUDE-FRANCOIS RABIAT, CIRCA 1810-15
    Each modelled with a plumed helmet, with thunderbolt mounts to the front of the plinth base, with five holes for fixing the mounts of which only three are used, re-gilt, the base mounts apparently original, signed 'RABIAT'
    19 in. (48 cm.) high; 19¼ in. (49 cm.) wide; 6¾ in. (17 cm.) deep (2)


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    Claude-François Rabiat (d. 1815) was apprenticed to Etienne Vignerelle in 1769 and established as maître in 1778. He regularly provided a variety of clocks and candelabra to other accomplished bronziers and horlogers including Thomire, Feuchère and Claude Galle. These chenets are very closely related to a design attributed to Thomire with an additional flaming orb and a lion's mask to the front mount, circa 1817 (H. Ottomeyer & P. Pröschel, Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, vol. I, p. 340, fig. 5.4.2.).

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    Provenance

    Acquired from La Pendulerie, Paris.