• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 2203

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe Including Carpets from The Corcoran Gallery of Art

    24 November 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 459

    A PAIR OF FRENCH ORMOLU AND BRONZE CHENETS

    19TH CENTURY, ELEMENTS STAMPED 'B & C'

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    A PAIR OF FRENCH ORMOLU AND BRONZE CHENETS
    19TH CENTURY, ELEMENTS STAMPED 'B & C'
    Each with a cloak-draped child huddled with out-stretched hands, the molded plinths with guilloche berrying vinery panels raised on toupie feet, bases with inventory numbers '56328A' and '56328B', respectively, along with a paper label with the ink number '27245,' regilt
    13½ in. (34 cm.) high, 11½ in. (29 cm.) deep (2)


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    Although the stamp 'B & C', which is found on elements of these chenets, appears to be unrecorded, their exceptional quality is probably the work of one of the top 19th century makers such as Beurdeley, whose fine quality chasing and mercury gilding are difficult to distinguish from late 18th Century work.

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF THE FINE ARTS MUSEUMS OF SAN FRANCISCO, SOLD TO BENEFIT THE ACQUISITIONS FUND (LOTS 455-474)