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    Sale 7806

    Lord St. Helens and Sir William FitzHerbert The Collections of a Diplomat and a Courtier

    22 January 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 541

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

    CIRCA 1820, AFTER THE MODEL BY PHILIPPE CAFFIERI

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    A PAIR OF FRENCH PATINATED-BRONZE AND ORMOLU THREE-BRANCH CANDELABRA
    CIRCA 1820, AFTER THE MODEL BY PHILIPPE CAFFIERI
    Each modelled as a putto seated on a rock holding his arms aloft, one blowing a conch shell, issuing a meandering acanthus-wrapped fluted shaft with three branches terminating in circular drip-pans and vase-shaped fluted nozzles cast with foliage, on a stepped spreading square socle cast with foliage and guilloche, drilled and fitted for electricity, one putto lacking an arm, with traces of mercury gilding
    18 in. (46 cm.) high, excluding fitments (2)


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    This model was particularly favoured by English collectors and a number of the examples that survive in English country house collections were most probably sold by the marchand-mercier Dominique Daguerre, Poirier's successor, who came to London in 1787 at the invitation of the Prince Regent. The rights to this model may originally have belonged to Poirier who delivered to Madame du Barry in 1770 'une paire de girandoles à trois branches en bronze doré d'or moulu ornes de figures de porcelaine de France 624 livres'. Another pair of such candelabra described as trois branches figures d'enfant en bronze couleur antique avec pied feuille d'ornement six cent livres are listed in the collection of President de Nicolay at the end of the 18th Century.

    This model exists in two basic patterns, of which the present pair is the better-known model. The other model features two putto with hands in identical but opposed positions. Examples of these include a pair from the Josse collection, sold Galerie Georges Petit, Paris 28-29 May 1894, lot 141 and two pairs from the collection of Hubert de Givenchy, sold at Christie's Monaco, 4 December 1993, lot 5 and 6.

    A third version, with the putti playing flutes, in the Residenz, Munich, formed part of the Zweibrcken or Pfalz inheritance acquired by the Bavarian Wittelsbachs after 1799, illustrated in H. Ottomeyer, P. Pröschel et.al., Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, Vol. II, p. 156, fig 3.2.1, where an attribution to Philippe Caffiéri is suggested (fig. 3.2.2.).

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    Literature

    'Tissington Hall. - I. Derbyshire, The Seat of Sir Hugo Meynell FitzHerbert, Bt.', Country Life, 11 March 1911, p. 346, illustrated in situ in the Drawing-Room
    H.A. Tipping, 'Tissington Hall', English Homes Period III - Vol. IILate Tudor and Early Stuart 1558-1649, London, 1927, p. 196, fig. 237
    G. Jackson-Stops, 'Tissington Hall, Derbyshire - II', Country Life, 22 July 1976, p. 216, fig. 8