• 500 Years Decorative Arts Euro auction at Christies

    Sale 2305

    500 Years Decorative Arts Europe Including Oriental Carpets

    20 April 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 33

    A PAIR OF GEORGE III ORMOLU THREE-LIGHT CANDELABRA

    IN THE MANNER OF MATTHEW BOULTON, LATE 18TH CENTURY

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    Estimate

    A PAIR OF GEORGE III ORMOLU THREE-LIGHT CANDELABRA
    IN THE MANNER OF MATTHEW BOULTON, LATE 18TH CENTURY
    Each with urn form finial, fluted socket and tapering stem, the sockets etched No. 8, No. 9, No 17, No. 9 and one base etched No.3, minor variations to the casting
    One 15¼ in. (39 cm.) high, the other 15¾ in. (40 cm.) high (2)


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    The candelabra are designed in the French 'antique' fashion promoted around 1770 by the architects Sir Williams Chambers and James Wyatt. Although no exact pattern exists, several designs in the sketch books of the Soho manufactory of Matthew Boulton and John Fothergill feature related elements such as foliate-cast tightly looped candlearms and pointed leaf-cast borders (N. Goodison, The Work of Matthew Boulton, London, 1974, figs. 162 and 164). The variously inscribed numbers of 17, 18, and 19, along with variations to the drip pans and nozzles, would suggest they were part of a much larger set.

    Provenance

    Anonymous Sale; Christie's, London, 9 July 1998, lot 5.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF WILLIAM F. REILLY (LOT 33)