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    Sale 7627

    Dealing in Excellence: A Celebration of Hotspur and Jeremy

    20 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 34

    A PAIR OF GEORGE III ORMOLU TWO-LIGHT WALL LIGHTS

    CIRCA 1780-1800

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    A PAIR OF GEORGE III ORMOLU TWO-LIGHT WALL LIGHTS
    CIRCA 1780-1800
    Each with stop-fluted pilaster backplate cast with a maidens's mask surmounted by a tablet with foliate panel issuing two scrolled branches with foliate-cast drip-pans and fluted nozzles, with urn-finial with ram's mask handles, the elements notched I, II, III throughout, drilled for electricity
    18½ in. (47 cm.) high; 10 in. (25.5 cm.) wide (2)


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    The golden wall-lights, conceived in the Louis XVI 'antique' or Roman 'columbarium' manner, have palm-wrapped candle urns and tazze that spring from acanthus-wrapped branches and are bolted to 'Apollonian' sunflowered and 'Venus' pearl-wreathed tablets. These serve as labels for urn-capped pillars that act as herm-posts to recall the poets' account of ancient festivities and sacrifices at love's altar. Jupiter's acorn crown Bacchic ram-headed wine 'krater' urns, that are borne on laurel-wreathed Apollo heads and displayed on 'Pan' reeded and antique-fluted pilasters.

    Such 'bras de lumiére', also known as 'bras de cheminée', are likely to have been designed for an overmantle mirror frame. Their most elegant goût grèc fashion was introduced by Parisian bronziers such as Jacques Caffiéri (d.1774), elected a maître fondeur in 1756, and was later popularised by the Oeuvres (1780-96) of the décorateur et déssinateur Richard de Lalonde.

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