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    Sale 7445

    Important European Furniture, Sculpture and Tapestries

    6 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 49

    A PAIR OF RESTAURATION ORMOLU THREE-BRANCH CANDELABRA

    FIRST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A PAIR OF RESTAURATION ORMOLU THREE-BRANCH CANDELABRA
    FIRST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
    Each with reeded shaft and vine-cast circular foot with stiff-leaf edge, the detachable central torch issuing two foliate-cast branches, with circular drip-pans and nozzles decorated with grape-bunches, two bobèches missing
    18½ in. (47 cm.) high


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    King Umberto II of Italy

    Born Prince of Piedmont, son of King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy and Elena Petrovich of Montenegro, he became commander in chief of the Army early in his military career. His role was merely formal, the real power being at the time in the hands of Benito Mussolini. Following the overthrow of the latter in 1943, King Victor Emmanuel III handed over his constitutional functions to his son Umberto, who was made Lieutenant General of the Realm and earned widespread recognition for his role in the following three years. Umberto succeeded his father in May 1946, becoming the last King of Italy, albeit only for a period of thirty-three days. King Umberto lived subsequently for 37 years in exile, first in Switzerland and later in Portugal.

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    Provenance

    Acquired from King Umberto II of Italy in the 1950's by the present owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY (LOTS 49-54)