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    Sale 7560

    Furniture and Carpets Including Two Private Collections

    24 January 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 183

    A PAIR OF RUSSIAN ORMOLU AND STAINED-GLASS FOUR-BRANCH WALL LIGHTS

    EARLY 19TH CENTURY AND LATER

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF RUSSIAN ORMOLU AND STAINED-GLASS FOUR-BRANCH WALL LIGHTS
    EARLY 19TH CENTURY AND LATER
    Each with a flowerhead and scrolling foliate-cast backplate issuing a winged swan, suspending a corona and four scrolled arms with vase-shaped nozzles and dished drip-pans, the foliate branch and backplate of a later date, the glass plates replaced
    11 in. (28 cm.) high; 8 in. (20 cm.) wide; 14¼ in. (36 cm.) deep (2)


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    Conceived in the Russian Empire style of the 1810s, the design for these spendid wall-lights, with candle-branches issuing from a swan's beak, derive from contemporary French examples such as the four pairs of wall-lights supplied by Pierre-Philippe Thomire to the Château de Fontainebleau in 1812 (Jean-Pierre Samoyault, Pendules et bronzes d'ameublement entrés sous le Premier Empire, Paris, 1989, p. 146, fig. 122). These Russian examples were undoubtedly part of an important commission and are closely-related to a pair with a virtually identical backplate, in a Finnish private collection, which is illustrated in Empire, Heinolan Kaupunginmuseon julkaisuja no 3, Lahti, 1994, p. 179, fig 197.

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