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    Sale 2037

    Important European Furniture, Ceramics, and Carpets

    21 November 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 96

    A PAIR OF GERMAN PARCEL-GILT AND POLYCHROME DECORATED CARVED LIME AND TOLE EIGHT-LIGHT CHANDELIERS

    SECOND HALF 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF GERMAN PARCEL-GILT AND POLYCHROME DECORATED CARVED LIME AND TOLE EIGHT-LIGHT CHANDELIERS
    SECOND HALF 18TH CENTURY
    Each with sunflower corona with simulated foliate turned nozzles and with foliate branches below and a carved parrot, the finials later, minor replacements
    49 in. (125 cm.) high; 36 in. (91 cm.) diameter (2)


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    The proportions of these fantastic chandeliers, carved with exotic birds, pagoda-like drip-pans and bells suggest that these were once created for the garden gallery or tea room of some fashionable princely residence. One such room was the Chinesische Kabinett at Schloss Fasanerie near Fulda, while drawings, dated 1823, of the wall and ceiling decoration of the Speisegalerie at the nearby Residenzpalais in Kassel show similar decorative schemes with pierced pagodas and exotic birds, which might also have been lit by such chandeliers.

    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Christie's London, 9 December 2004, lot 222.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY
    (LOT 95-97)