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    Sale 7745

    Important European Furniture, Sculpture & Clocks

    9 July 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 58

    A RUSSIAN ORMOLU AND CUT-GLASS EIGHT-BRANCH CHANDELIER

    CIRCA 1825, ATTRIBUTED TO ALEXANDRE GUERIN

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    A RUSSIAN ORMOLU AND CUT-GLASS EIGHT-BRANCH CHANDELIER
    CIRCA 1825, ATTRIBUTED TO ALEXANDRE GUERIN
    The faceted bowl suspended with chains from a circular frame issuing branches cast with scrolls, with a finial below, the bowl possibly original
    39 in. (99 cm.) high; 25¾ in. (65.5 cm.) diameter


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    This bold ormolu and cut-glass chandelier is closely related to a chandelier in the Alexandrinsky Theatre, which was executed by Alexandre Guérin circa 1828. Both chandeliers have distinctive scroll branches with flattened tops, a feature apparently unique to Guérin, and the present example was almost certainly also executed by the latter around this date (I. Sychev, The Russian Chandeliers, St. Petersburg, 2003, p. 174).
    Guérin, who practised as a bronzier in St. Petersburg from the 1810s to 1848, worked in a sophisticated Empire style, closely relying on French designs, with various fashionable models clearly inspired by the work of Pierre-Philippe Thomire (I. Sychev, Russian Bronze, Moscow, 2003, p. 111).

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