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    Sale 3786

    The Collection of Carroll Petrie & European Decorative Arts from the Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, including the Eugenia Woodward Hitt Collection

    31 March 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1246

    A PAIR OF LOUIS XV STYLE ORMOLU-MOUNTED CHINESE AND EUROPEAN PORCELAIN TWO-LIGHT CANDELABRA

    THE PORCELAIN 18TH CENTURY, THE MOUNTS SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY

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    A PAIR OF LOUIS XV STYLE ORMOLU-MOUNTED CHINESE AND EUROPEAN PORCELAIN TWO-LIGHT CANDELABRA
    THE PORCELAIN 18TH CENTURY, THE MOUNTS SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY
    Each modeled as a squatting, smiling Chinese warrior supporting a tray upon his head, the basket of flowers with drooping foliate candlearms
    12 ¼ in. (31 cm.) high


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    The daughter of William Kissam Vanderbilt and Alva Smith Belmont, Consuelo Vanderbilt became a celebrated debutante at her parents' Newport residence, Marble House, where in August of 1895 she met Charles Spencer-Churchill, 9th Duke of Marlborough. She married the Duke that autumn and returned to England to live at Blenheim Palace, however the marriage was a notoriously unhappy one. After her divorce in 1920 she married her close friend, the French aviator Jacques Balsan. Settling in France, they divided their time between the splendid 17th century Château de Saint-Georges-Motel, Normandy and the hôtel Marlborough, Paris, both of which they filled with exceptional French furniture and works of art. Much of Colonel and Madame Balsan's collection was recorded for posterity by L.-H. Prost in Collection de Madame et du Colonel Balsan, privately printed circa 1930, although these candelabra are not pictured.

    Provenance

    Madame Jacques Balson (née Consuelo Vanderbilt), Paris and New York [by repute].
    Acquired from Frank Partridge and Sons, London, in 1978.
    Eugenia Woodward Hitt Collection.