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    Sale 1987

    Important European Furniture, Works of Art, Ceramics, Carpets, And Glass

    20 May 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 364

    A PAIR OF RUSSIAN ORMOLU CANDLESTICKS, NOW MOUNTED AS LAMPS

    EARLY 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF RUSSIAN ORMOLU CANDLESTICKS, NOW MOUNTED AS LAMPS
    EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    Each with a patterned bobèche on a turned socle, above a tapering column with three rams heads to the top and three paws to the bottom, which clutch a sphere, on a circular stepped base repeating the pattern on the bobèche, electrified
    13¾ in. (35 cm.) high (2)


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    These candlesticks are part of a relatively unknown group of decorative objects, which is traditionally associated with Moscow bronze work (I. Sychev, The Russian Chandeliers 1760-1830, Moscow, 2003, pp. 189-192, figs. 968-969). They are illustrated in K.A. Solovlev, Russian Decorative Arts of the 18th and 19th Centuries, Moscow, 1950, plate 145. The same model, executed in ormolu and patinated bronze, was sold anonymously at Christie's, London, 9 December 2004, lot 88. This model is on view at Arkhangelskoye near Moscow, in the Prince's Study or Third Corner Room, which was decorated between 1810 and 1820 with a suite of ormolu-mounted Karelian birch furniture (V. Rapoport, Arkhangelskoye, Leningrad, 1984, fig. 49).