• The Manolo March Collection Fr auction at Christies

    Sale 7817

    The Manolo March Collection From Son Galcerán, Mallorca

    28 - 29 October 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 250

    A PAIR OF RUSSIAN ORMOLU, CUT-GLASS, ROCK CRYSTAL AND BLUE-GLASS AND WHITE MARBLE SIX-BRANCH CANDELABRA

    CIRCA 1800, THE ARRANGEMENT OF THE GLASS ALTERED

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF RUSSIAN ORMOLU, CUT-GLASS, ROCK CRYSTAL AND BLUE-GLASS AND WHITE MARBLE SIX-BRANCH CANDELABRA
    CIRCA 1800, THE ARRANGEMENT OF THE GLASS ALTERED
    Each with a vase-shaped stem surmounted by five graduated tiers hung with faceted droplets, above scrolled branches, on a circular stepped base terminating in paw-cast feet, losses and replacements to the cut-glass, lacking finials, several of the drops drilled to the bottom suggesting either further suspended elements or associated, variations in the nozzles
    44 in. (112 cm.) high; 21 in. (53 cm.) diam. (2)


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    These French-fashioned crystal Venus fountain candelabra, with golden ormolu and lily-white marble, served as a vase-garniture for a pier-table or guéridon-stand; and formed part of the 18th century antique taste for Roman Etruscan columbarium vase-chambers popularised by Rome-trained architects such as Robert Adam (d.1792) and Charles Cameron (d.1812), respectively authors of The Ruins of the Palace of the Emperor Diocletian at Spalatro, 1764, and The Baths of the Romans, 1772.

    They relate to candelabra designs featured in the Oeuvres of the Parisian décorateur et dessinateur Richard de Lalonde, issued between 1780 and 1796, as well as to one illustrated in the 1792 Journal des Luxus und der Moden. Candelabra of this basic form are known to have been executed in the 1790s in the St. Petersburg workshop of Vaye; thse may include the pair incorporating cobalt vases from the Imperial Glassworks, formerly in the possession of Prince Paul of Yugoslavia (sold Sotheby's, Villa Demidoff, Pratolino, 24 April 1969). Related examples are illustrated in I. Sychev, The Russian Chandeliers 1760-1830, 2003, p. 48.

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    Provenance

    Acquired through Pierre Delbée by Don Bartolomé March Servera for the Entrance Hall at Miguel Angel, Madrid, circa 1965.