• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7784

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    10 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 727

    A PAIR OF FRENCH ORMOLU THREE-BRANCH CANDELABRA

    FIRST HALF 19TH CENTURY, AFTER THE MODEL BY ANDRE-CHARLES BOULLE

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF FRENCH ORMOLU THREE-BRANCH CANDELABRA
    FIRST HALF 19TH CENTURY, AFTER THE MODEL BY ANDRE-CHARLES BOULLE
    Each with an inverted baluster stem supporting a central vase-shaped nozzle and tripartite platform issuing foliate-cast scrolled branches with rams' heads terminals supporting further drip-pans and nozzles, the lambrequined tripartite base cast with sphinxes, on square-sectioned tapering feet, the base of shaft originally hung with swags, repairs and losses to branches
    19¼ in. (49 cm.) high (2)


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    These candelabra (girandoles à sphinx et têtes de beliers) are modelled directly after the celebrated model by André-Charles Boulle, ébéniste, ciseleur, doreur et Sculpteur du Roi, of circa 1672-1732 and after a design by Jean Bérain (1638-1711), who had trained under Charles le Brun and was Dessinateur de la Chambre et du Cabinet du Roi from 1675.
    Two versions of these are known with either four or five candle branches and J.N. Ronfort cites a mid-18th century reference to a pair with four branches listed in the inventory taken after the death of Marin de la Haye in 1753 (see J.N. Ronfort, 'André-Charles Boulle: die Bronzearbeiten und seine Werkstatt im Louvre', in H. Ottomeyer, P. Pröschel et al., Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, vol. II, pp. 459-520).

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF AN ESTATE (LOTS 726 - 727)