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    Sale 7569

    19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art and Ceramics

    19 March 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 76

    A PAIR OF FRENCH ORMOLU AND PATINATED BRONZE TORCHERES

    IN THE MANNER OF FRANÇOIS RÉMOND, LATE 19TH CENTURY

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    A PAIR OF FRENCH ORMOLU AND PATINATED BRONZE TORCHERES
    IN THE MANNER OF FRANÇOIS RÉMOND, LATE 19TH CENTURY
    Modelled as a satyr and bacchante, he with a lion pelt, thyrsus and tambourine, she with falling drapery and Pan's pipes at her feet, each holding a fruit-filled cornucopiae, on a circular naturalistic base and stepped laurel-cast foot, formerly with candle branches
    42½ in. (108 cm.) high (2)


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    The Louis XVI models for these grand candelabra are known as 'les grands faunes' and have been attributed to the foremost bronzier of the Louis XVI period, François Rémond. They furthermore relate to a drawing in the Musée des Art Décoratifs, Paris, of circa 1785 which has traditionally been attributed to the celebrated Parisian marchand-mercier Dominique Daguerre.

    A similar pair of figures, with candle-branches, are in the Louvre (see H. Ottomeyer, P. Pröschel, Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, p. 283, cat. 4.14.5) while another two pairs, both dating from the late 18th century, were purchased by George IV and are now at Buckingham Palace (see J. Harris, G de Bellaigue, O. Millar, Buckingham Palace, London 1968, pp. 154 and 194). During the Empire period, a pair were supplied to the Empress's second salon at Fontainebleau in 1804 and another pair was supplied to the Emperor's salon and in 1852 both pairs were moved to the Tuileries where they decorated Emperor Napoleon III and Eugénie's Apollo salon (see D. Alcouffe, et. al., Gilt bronzes in the Louvre, Dijon, 2004, no. 95). A further pair dating from the 19th century, like the ones offered here, are at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire (see Sir A. Blunt, The James A. de Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor, London, 1974, pp. 688-9).

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