• The Collection of a Lady - Mag auction at Christies

    Sale 7827

    The Collection of a Lady - Magnificent French Furniture, Savonnerie, Sèvres Porcelain, Silver and Chinese Works of Art

    10 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 547

    A PAIR OF LOUIS XV ORMOLU CHENETS

    ALMOST CERTAINLY CIRCA 1750

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    A PAIR OF LOUIS XV ORMOLU CHENETS
    ALMOST CERTAINLY CIRCA 1750
    Modelled with Venus and Vulcan, each seated on a rockwork scrolling arched base, re-gilt and with some re-chasing, each base raised in height by ¾ in. (2 cm.) at the time of manufacture, with plain iron back supports
    Vulcan: 14 in. (37 cm.) high; 15 in. (38 cm.) wide (2)


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    These chenets, with figures of Venus and Vulcan were probably inspired by the celebrated model by Jacques Caffiéri, of which an example is in the Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle (see H. Ottomeyer/P.Pröschel, Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, vol. I, pl. 113, fig. 2.4.5). The Livre-Journal of the marchand-mercier Lazare Duvaux for December 1755, under no. 2287 to Monsieur de Presle lists 'Un gros feu d'or representent Venus et Vulcan'. Another related pair purchased in Paris in 1725 by Carl William Friedrich, Margrave of Ansbach, is in the Residenz, Ansbach. A pair was also in the collection of Thelma Chrysler-Foy, sold Parke Bernet Galleries, New York, 16 May 1959, lo 290.

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