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    Sale 7631

    Important European Furniture & Sculpture

    4 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 84

    A PAIR OF FRENCH ORMOLU, PATINATED BRONZE AND PORPHYRY THREE-BRANCH CANDELABRA

    19TH CENTURY

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    A PAIR OF FRENCH ORMOLU, PATINATED BRONZE AND PORPHYRY THREE-BRANCH CANDELABRA
    19TH CENTURY
    Each with a nymph flanked by a putto and holding aloft a cornucopiae issuing foliate-wrapped and cockerel-headed scrolled branches with gadrooned circular drip-pans and nozzles, above a stepped circular plinth and a concave-sided base with fruiting laurel edge, restored break to one scrolled branch
    40¼ in. (102 cm.) high; (2)


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    These candelabra most certainly derive from the celebrated models by the ciseleur-doreur François Rémond (1746-1812). One of the main distinctions between Rémond's representation of classically-draped maidens and the present pair, is the presence of playful putti to the feet of the female figures. A comparable representation of playful youths may be found on the relief-cast panels which adorn the bleu turquin plinths of a related pair of candelabra illustrated in G. & R. Wannenes, Les Bronzes Ornementaux et Les Objets Montés, Milan, 2004, p.241.

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