• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7841

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    29 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 11

    A PAIR OF SPANISH SHELL-ENCRUSTED AND CORAL-PAINTED FOUR-BRANCH WALL-LIGHTS

    OF RECENT MANUFACTURE, IN THE MANNER OF PIERRE DELBEE OF MAISON JANSEN

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    A PAIR OF SPANISH SHELL-ENCRUSTED AND CORAL-PAINTED FOUR-BRANCH WALL-LIGHTS
    OF RECENT MANUFACTURE, IN THE MANNER OF PIERRE DELBEE OF MAISON JANSEN
    Each shaped as a dolphin and covered in shells, including conch shells and clams, the branches issuing from the base fitted for electricity
    38½ in. (98 cm.) high; 24 in. (61 cm.) wide (2)


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    These whimsical wall-lights are inspired by Pierre Delbee's celebrated 'Archimboldesque' wall-lights sold in the 'Boulle To Jansen Sale' at Christie's, London, 11-12 June 2003, lot 6. Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1527-93) is rightly celebrated for his series of anthropomorphic composite portraits made up of a variety of objects from daily life, both natural and man-made.

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    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.
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    Pre-Lot Text

    The Property of Manolo March from Son Galceran, Mallorca