• 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 602

    A PAIR OF LOUIS XV ORMOLU CHENETS

    MID-18TH CENTURY

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    A PAIR OF LOUIS XV ORMOLU CHENETS
    MID-18TH CENTURY
    Each cast with a bird seated on a pierced rockwork scroll, with iron back supports, re-gilt
    10½ in. (27 cm.) high; 10½ in. (27 cm.) wide (2)


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    Designed in the Louis XV 'pittoresque' style popularised by Juste-Aurèle Meissonier and Nicolas Pineau, these chenets relate to the oeuvre of the sculpteur, fondeur et ciseleur du roi Jacques Caffiéri (1678-1755). Related parroqueets, placed on wall-lights, are recorded in the Inventory drawn up following his death in 1755, no.43: un autre model double de bras de chemineé ancien perroquets à deux branches, and this model was already listed in an earlier inventory of his stock in 1747. Two related pairs of parrot wall-lights, one with two and one with three branches, were supplied to Madame Infante, Louise-Elizabeth of France, duchesse de Parma for the Palazzo di Colorno (discussed in A. Gonzalez-Palacios, Gli Arredi Francesi, Milan, 1995, no. 52, p. 243).

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    Provenance

    Possibly purchased from Georges de Batz and Company, 1953.