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    Sale 12029

    The Opulent Eye - 19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art, Ceramics & Carpets

    7 June 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 186

    A RUSSIAN GILT AND PATINATED-BRONZE AND MALACHITE GUERIDON

    BY KARL TEGELSTEIN FOR NICHOLS & PLINKE, SAINT-PETERSBURG, CIRCA 1840

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A RUSSIAN GILT AND PATINATED-BRONZE AND MALACHITE GUERIDON
    BY KARL TEGELSTEIN FOR NICHOLS & PLINKE, SAINT-PETERSBURG, CIRCA 1840
    The canted malachite-veneered top above a bulbous foliate stem support on claw feet, the top with mark of the foundry of Karl Tegelstein
    31 ¼ in. (79.5 cm.) high; 27 ¾ in. (70.5 cm.) wide; 21 in. (53.5 cm.) deep


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    The St. Petersburg workshop of the Finnish-born bronzier, Karl Tegelstein (d. 1852, also spelled Carl Tegelsten), is renowned for the supply of various Imperial silver commissions, and most notably the manufacture of three magnificent gilt bronze chandeliers, initially intended for the Malachite Hall in the Winter Palace, and later transferred to the Golden Drawing Room, in the Empress Maria Alexandrovna’s quarters (now part of the State Hermitage Museum). All of the bronze work produced by the firm was directed by the 'English Shop'; this trading house, founded in 1789, was owned by William Plincke and Carl Nichols by 1800 (I. Sychev, Russian Bronze, Moscow, 2003, p. 151). In 1854, and in view of the Crimean War, the name ‘English Shop’ was dropped, and with the Emperor’s permission the company became ‘Nichols and Plincke’. This malachite gueridon table, supported on a finely chased gilt bronze stand, is undoubtedly inspired by antiquity, and the later 'antique' designs of Piranesi (1778), and Percier & Fontaine (1801).

    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, New York, 17 April 2012, lot 165.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE MONACO COLLECTION (LOTS 186-204)