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    Sale 7592

    Four British Collections Including Important Furniture

    5 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 183

    A PAIR OF LATE LOUIS XV ORMOLU WALL LIGHTS

    CIRCA 1765

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    A PAIR OF LATE LOUIS XV ORMOLU WALL LIGHTS
    CIRCA 1765
    Each with ribbon-tied guilloche-cast pierced backplate with central rams' head, surmounted by foliate-wrapped beaded disc and a flaming urn on pedestal, hung with garland swags and cast with mystical animal masks, the plate issuing two acanthus-cast fluted branches with circular later drip-pans and foliate-cast nozzles, with pleated cream shades, the urn associated, drilled for electricity
    25½ in. (65 cm.) high (2)


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    These impressive appliques, conceived in the fashionable goût grec of the 1760's, with their ribbon-tied backplates centred by tête de beliers, derive from designs by the influential architect and dessinateur, Jean-Charles Delafosse (1734-1791). Similar examples are illustrated in H. Ottomeyer and P. Pröschel, Vergoldete Bronzen, 1986, vol. I, p. 186, fig. 3.9.2 and S. Eriksen, Early Neoclassicism in France, 1974, fig. 214. Appliques à tête de belier by the bronzier Quentin-Claude Pitoin (circa 1725-1777) appear in a 1779 inventory of the prince de Condé. A further applique featuring a similar distinctive finial in the form of a tripod athénienne is illustrated in Ottomeyer and Pröschel, op. cit., p. 187, fig. 3.9.7.

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    Provenance

    Anonymous sale, Drouot, Paris, 1-3 March 1886, lot 65 (to Steitiner).
    Anonymous sale, Versailles, 27 November 1983, lot 167.
    Anonymous sale, Christie's, New York, 21 May 1996, lot 253.
    Bought from Perrin, Paris, 1997.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
    (LOTS 130-209)