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    Sale 7608

    Important European Furniture and Sculpture

    10 July 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 115

    A PAIR OF LOUIS XV ORMOLU THREE-LIGHT CANDELABRA

    MID-18TH CENTURY, POSSIBLY GERMAN

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    A PAIR OF LOUIS XV ORMOLU THREE-LIGHT CANDELABRA
    MID-18TH CENTURY, POSSIBLY GERMAN
    Each with rocaille baluster-shaped scrolling foliate shaft with conformingly cast nozzle, surmounted by three acanthus and foliate entwined branches with leaf-shaped drip-pans and gadrooned nozzles and centered by a fruited foliate finial, on a shaped triangular scrolling and foliate naturalistic base, minor restorations to some branches
    17½ in. (44.5 cm.) high; 11¼ in. (28.5 cm.) wide (2)


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    This splendid pair of candelabra, with its profusely scrolled candle-branches, is a prime example of the mid-18th century rococo that spread from Paris across Europe. A design for a candelabrum, similarly fashioned from double C-scrolls, foliage and rocaille, from circa 1745 may be the work of the elder brother of the foremost rococo artist, François Boucher (illustrated in H. Ottomeyer P. Pröschel, et al., Vergoldete Bronzen, vol. I, Munich, 1986, p. 142, pl. 2.11.15).
    The extent to which the scroll and rocaille decoration was taken and, more importantly, the almost silver-smith like tooling of the surface possibly points towards a German rather than a French place of manufacture for these candelabra. A related candelabrum in silver, made in Berlin in the early 1760's for Frederick the Great and now at Huis Doorn shows similar surface treatment (see H. Schadt I. Schneider, Kaiserliches Gold und Silber, Berlin, 1985, pp.74-76, cat. 57).

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    Provenance

    Antenor Patiño (1896 - 1982).
    And by descent to the present owner.