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    Sale 2159

    19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art and Ceramics

    21 April 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 277

    A PAIR OF ITALIAN ORMOLU THIRTEEN-LIGHT FIGURAL TORCHERES, ON GILTWOOD PLINTHS

    LAST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

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    A PAIR OF ITALIAN ORMOLU THIRTEEN-LIGHT FIGURAL TORCHERES, ON GILTWOOD PLINTHS
    LAST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
    Modelled as three winged putti holding aloft thirteen foliate-cast candlearms, on grotesque mask headed supports and giltwood and grey-painted triform plinths carved with Papal coats-of-arms
    The torchères: 76 5/8 in. (194 cm.) high; The plinths: 23¼ in. (59 cm.) high (2)


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    Interestingly, the giltwood plinths for these torchères are carved with heraldry for Pope Leo XIII (b. 1810), who succeeded the Papacy in 1878 until his death in 1903. Circa 1920 these torchères entered a private European family collection and were passed thence by descent.