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    Sale 7574

    Thomas Hope & The Neoclassical Vision & The Collector of Collections

    24 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 379

    A PAIR OF GEORGE III ORMOLU TWIN-BRANCH WALL LIGHTS

    CIRCA 1770

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    A PAIR OF GEORGE III ORMOLU TWIN-BRANCH WALL LIGHTS
    CIRCA 1770
    Each with a classical urn on a stepped platform hung with berried garlands of husks, with tapering body adorned with foliage, issuing two serpentine candle branches, the candle-holders and drip-pans with stiff-leaf decoration, fitted for electricity, one incised on the reverse 'VIII', regilt, one with foliate side mounts lacking
    18 in. (45.5 cm.) high (2)


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    The George III Roman 'columbarium' vase-chamber and the ancient poets' histories of sacrifices at love's altar are recalled by these elegant French-fashioned wall-lights. Their candlesticks' pearled and palm-flowered vases and tazze issue from acanthus-wrapped branches; while poetic laurel-garlanded sacred urns crown their herm-tapered brackets that are wreathed by flowered ribbon-guilloches. In 1769, a Louis XVI luminaire d'applique à bougies of this pattern, and probably executed in the late 1750s by Philippe Caffieri, featured in L.-M. Van Loo's portrait of the Marquis de Marigny (S. Eriksen, Early Neo-Classicism in France, London, 1974, pl. 442.)
    The pattern of drip-pan and nozzle is one found on the magnificent candelabra made by the Soho entrepreneur and inventor Matthew Boulton (d. 1809), for example, a similar drip-pan can be found on the tea-urn at Syon House and another variant is found on the King's Candle Vase at Saltram House, Devon (N. Goodison, Matthew Boulton: Ormolu, London, 2002, pp. 272 & 340)

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