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    Sale 7608

    Important European Furniture and Sculpture

    10 July 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 92

    A PAIR OF LOUIS XVI ORMOLU AND WHITE PORCELAIN THREE-BRANCH CANDELABRA

    LATE 18TH CENTURY

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    A PAIR OF LOUIS XVI ORMOLU AND WHITE PORCELAIN THREE-BRANCH CANDELABRA
    LATE 18TH CENTURY
    Each with an ovoid tapering vase body surmounted by a central vine-wrapped pole and issuing scrolling foliate candle branches with beaded nozzles set in fruiting wreaths, flanked by ram's masks suspending scrolling vine foliage, above a ribbon-twist base with paired hoof feet and a mille raies panelled square white-marble plinth with beaded edge, the porcelain replaced.
    17 in. (43 cm.) high (2)


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    The acanthus-wrapped scrolled branches, spirally-ribbed gadrooned nozzles and festoons of vine leaves and grapes featured on these candelabra, relate to a pair of wall-lights supplied circa 1787-88 for the Cabinet de Toilette of Marie-Antoinette at the Château de Saint-Cloud. Formerly in the collections of Baron Henri de Rothschild, Vienna, and Baroness Alphonse de Rothschild, New York, these wall-lights are now in The Metropolitan Museum of Arts, New York (ill. The Wrightsmann Collection, vol.III, Greenwich, CT, 1970, p.79). A pair of candelabra attributed to Thomire, featuring conformingly-cast scrolled rinceaux, festoons of vine leaves and fruit evoking Peace and Plenty, and ram's heads, is illustrated in G. & R. Wannenes, Les Bronzes Ornementaux et les Objets Montés, Milan, 2004, p. 246.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN (lot 88 - 93)