• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7784

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    10 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 796

    A PAIR OF LATE LOUIS XV ORMOLU THREE-BRANCH CANDELABRA

    CIRCA 1775

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    A PAIR OF LATE LOUIS XV ORMOLU THREE-BRANCH CANDELABRA
    CIRCA 1775
    Each of tripartite lyre shape surmounted by a reversible flaming vase finial concealing a chanelled nozzle, decorated with laurel-garlanded Apollo masks and issuing scrolled branches cast with acanthus and terminating in fluted nozzles and leaf-wrapped drip-pans, hung with floral garlands and trailing husks, the concave-sided tripartite base above leaf-wrapped toupie feet
    17½ in. (45 cm.) high (2)


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    With their pierced spreading body surmounted by a ribbon-tied foliate-wrapped mask of Apollo, these attractive candelabra derive from the celebrated lyre-shaped model by Pierre Gouthière after models by François-Joseph Bélanger for the duchesse de Mazarin in 1781. The sale of the latter's collection on 10-15 December 1781 included one such pair described as being 'par Goutthier'.

    A pair of lyre-shaped wall-lights headed by a similar ribbon-tied foliate-wrapped mask of Apollo and executed by Gouthière in 1781 is now in the J.P. Getty Museum, Malibu (ill. in H. Ottomeyer, P. Pröschel, et al., Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, vol. I, p. 243, fig. 4.5.12), while a further related pair of wall-lights attributed to Gouthière was sold from the Lagerfeld Collection, Christie's, Monaco, 28-29 April 2000, lot 44 (FF564,000 with premium).

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    Provenance

    Acquired by Ogden Mills for the Hôtel de Broglie, 73 rue de Varenne, Paris.
    Thence by descent.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY (LOTS 796 - 797)

    MAISON GRANARD, RUE DE VARENNE, PARIS

    A private residence since its construction, the hôtel at 73 rue de Varenne conceals behind its high walls a rich history and fine 18th century interiors.
    Purchased in 1752 by Victor-François de Broglie, Duc de Broglie and Maréchal de France, the hôtel Julliet de Taverny was, until 1777, the residence of Abbé Charles-Maurice de Broglie, Bishop of Noyon.
    The Duc then decided to occupy the hôtel himself, at which point the central part of the building was extended two-fold towards the garden and was given a new façade by the architect Le Boursier. The walls of the main salon were at that time decorated with an elaborate boiserie carved with arabesques. Seized and stripped of its furnishings during the Revolution, the hôtel then changed hands and in the 19th century belonged to the Duchesse de Montebello, widow of Maréchal Lanne and former Lady-in-Waiting to Empress Marie-Louise.

    Purchased in 1910 by the American connoisseur and collector Ogden Mills, and then briefly occupied by the American Forces during the First World War, the hôtel was restored in the 1920s, reviving its 18th century interiors with the acquisition of the best furniture, objets d'art and furnishings available in Paris at the time.

    The lots here offered have remained in the family since then.