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    Sale 12455

    European Furniture & Works of Art

    6 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 3

    A PAIR OF ROYAL LOUIS-PHILIPPE ORMOLU CANDLESTICKS

    CIRCA 1840

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A PAIR OF ROYAL LOUIS-PHILIPPE ORMOLU CANDLESTICKS
    CIRCA 1840
    Each with a baluster-shaped stem with gadroons and wheat stalks, surmounted by a scrolling acanthus nozzle, on a fluted spreading circular base, with Château d'Eu inventory mark 'EU' below a crown, one numbered '1386', the other '1312'
    11 ½ in. (29 cm.) high


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    Located in the Bresle valley between Normandy and Picardy, the château d'Eu was reconstructed in 1578 by Henri le Balafré, duc de Guise. In the eighteenth century it was the home of the ducs de Maine and subsequently Orléans. The château was seized during the Revolution and most of its furnishings either sold or destroyed. In 1814 it was restituted to the dowager duchesse d'Orléans, mother of the future King Louis-Philippe, who in 1821 started to restore and refurnish the château. It was almost certainly during this period of refurbishment that this pair of candlesticks was introduced to the château.

    Provenance

    King Louis-Philippe, château d'Eu, Normandie.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property of a Gentleman (lots 3 & 129)