• 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 473

    A PAIR OF FRENCH ORMOLU FIVE-BRANCH WALL-LIGHTS

    19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF FRENCH ORMOLU FIVE-BRANCH WALL-LIGHTS
    19TH CENTURY
    With mask and lyre-form backplate, five scrolling foliate candle arms, wired for electricity, the backs with black-painted French & Company inventory number '50379', lacking one foliate drip pan
    37 in. (94 cm.) high (2)


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    These wall-lights, and the following lot, are after a group of well known wall-lights attributed to Pierre-François Feuchère of circa 1785. These, in turn, are similar to, and probably inspired by, the designs for a group of wall-lights sketched by Jean-Demosthène Dugourc, also of circa 1785, and now in the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York (H. Ottomeyer and P. Pröschel, Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, p. 289). And although the San Fransisco wall-lights are cited in Ottomeyer and Pröschel, they were possibly only catalogued from photographs and never examined in person before their publication.

    THE PROVENANCE
    The French & Company inventory records list a set of four wall lights purchased from Mrs. I. Dee Kelley in 1949 with the additional provenance that one pair was purchased in the Parke Bernet sale of 1941.

    Provenance

    Possibly the Collection of Thomas P. Thorne, New York (one pair)
    Possibly the Collection of the late Mrs. F. Gray Griswold, Parke Bernet, New York, 15 February 1941, lot 34 (one pair)
    Mrs. I. Dee Kelley (the set of four)
    with French and Company, New York, from whom they were purchased by the Museum of Fine Arts, San Francisco.


    Pre-Lot Text

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