• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 7445

    Important European Furniture, Sculpture and Tapestries

    6 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 29

    A PAIR OF LOUIS XV ORMOLU AND JAPANESE PORCELAIN THREE LIGHT CANDELABRA

    MID-18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A PAIR OF LOUIS XV ORMOLU AND JAPANESE PORCELAIN THREE LIGHT CANDELABRA
    MID-18TH CENTURY
    Each with a cockerel seated on a rockwork scrolling base cast with foliage and C-scrolls, flanked by three scrolling branches decorated with flowers and berried leaves, with shaped drip-pans and spirally-gadrooned nozzles
    14½ in. (37 cm.) high; 12½ in. (33 cm.) wide; 9 in. (23 cm.) deep (2)


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    These extremely rare candelabra demonstrate the unique creative involvement of the marchands-merciers in Paris in the 18th century, discussed by Carolyn Sargentson in Merchants and Luxury Markets: The Marchands Merciers of Eighteenth Century, London, 1996. The combination of French porcelain flowers and old Japanese porcelain cockerels held together by contemporary ormolu mounts forming candelabra are a brilliant assemblage of distinct elements of the marchands stock. They represent the innovation of design and combination of materials which only they were uniquely allowed to execute, as the guild regulations further prohibited production by the marchands-merciers to only the sale, embellishment or finishing of goods.

    According to C. Sargentson, Japanese and Chinese porcelain was distinguished from one another in most inventories of the 1720's and 30's, and the marchand Thomas-Joachim Herbert stocked a particularly large proportion of the more valuable Japanese porcelain. In addition to the relative scarcity of Japanese porcelain, according to the 1724 inventory of Hebert's porcelain, Chinese porcelain was on average less highly-valued. Japanese objects were valued at an average of 12 livres each, and Chinese objects at an average of 8 livres each. (C. Sargentson, pp. 70-72).

    Special Notice

    No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.


    Provenance

    Sotheby's London, 15 June 1973,
    lot 43, (£20,000).


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF THE TRUSTEES OF THE JOHN PARTRIDGE 1963 SETTLEMENT