• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7784

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    10 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 726

    A PAIR OF EMPIRE ORMOLU, PATINATED BRONZE AND ROUGE GRIOTTE MARBLE FOUR-LIGHT CANDELABRA

    EARLY 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF EMPIRE ORMOLU, PATINATED BRONZE AND ROUGE GRIOTTE MARBLE FOUR-LIGHT CANDELABRA
    EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    Each with a standing nymph holding scrolled foliate branches terminating in lotus shaped nozzles, resting against a stepped pilaster surmounted by a twin-handled vase, on a rectangular stepped plinth decorated with a relief-cast lyre and a stiff-leaf-cast surround, one incised 'A' to back of pilaster, minor losses to back of marble plinth
    28¾ in. (73 cm.) high (2)


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    A similar pair of candelabra was acquired in 1803 by Sir Harry Fetherstonhaugh, 2nd Bt (1754-1846) from the fashionable Parisian art firm of Martin-Eloi Lignereux in order to redecorate the rooms of Uppark House, Sussex, in the French Empire style.
    Flanking an Apollo clock on a base made of the same red griotte marble, the Uppark candelabra formed a garniture de cheminee (see C. Rowell, 'French Furniture at Uppark, Furniture History', 2007, pp. 267-292, figs 5 and 4). A similar garniture with a mantel clock featuring the figure of Apollo and a pair of flanking candelabra, each on verde antico bases, was owned by the Prince of Wales, later George IV, who similarly bought from Lignereux. Both clocks have been attributed to the leading French bronzier Pierre-Philippe Thomire and it is likely that Lignereux had commissioned the flanking pairs of candelabra from the same renowned workshop.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF AN ESTATE (LOTS 726 - 727)