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    Sale 2172

    Important European Furniture, Works of Art, Ceramics, Tapestries and Oriental Carpets

    9 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 228

    A PAIR OF FRENCH ORMOLU AND MEISSEN PORCELAIN FOUR-LIGHT CANDELABRA

    19TH CENTURY, THE MEISSEN WITH BLUE CROSSED SWORDS MARK, INCISED '1054'

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    A PAIR OF FRENCH ORMOLU AND MEISSEN PORCELAIN FOUR-LIGHT CANDELABRA
    19TH CENTURY, THE MEISSEN WITH BLUE CROSSED SWORDS MARK, INCISED '1054'
    Each with a swan after the model by J.J. Kändler and framed by four foliate candlearms, on a pierced rockwork and shaped base, threaded and drilled for electricity
    21 in. (53.25 cm.) high (2)


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    The original porcelain models of mute swans (Cygnus olor) featured on these impressive candelabra were originally worked on by Kändler in 1747 with the assistance of Peter Reinicke, and were completed the following year as form number 1054 or 1060.

    They were made in several sizes, of which this is the largest, and remained popular well into the 19th century. Other examples of this largest size, also mounted as candelabra, include a pair from the Patiño collection (sold Sotheby's, New York, 1 November 1986, lot 6, $70,000), and a pair in the Wrightsman Collection (illustrated in C.C. Dauterman, The Wrightsman Collection Porcelain, Greenwich, 1970, vol. IV, p. 80, cats. 36 A-B).