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    Sale 7445

    Important European Furniture, Sculpture and Tapestries

    6 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 191

    A RUSSIAN ORMOLU AND CUT-GLASS SEVEN LIGHT CHANDELIER

    EARLY 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A RUSSIAN ORMOLU AND CUT-GLASS SEVEN LIGHT CHANDELIER
    EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    The dished corona mounted with acanthus and laurel branches and suspending from cut-glass-set chains, the spirally faceted circular bowl with winged putto finial holding aloft a glass dish with vase-shaped nozzle, the swan-cast scrolling branches terminating in vase-shaped nozzles, the bowl with a conforming spirally cut boss terminal
    32 in. (82 cm.) high; 17 in. (43 cm.) diameter


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    Intriguingly called 'Russian stone', and famed for the clarity of the glass, mirror-like polish and skillful faceting and carving, glassware from the Imperial Glass Factory was unrivalled during the Russian Empire period. The principal designer of the Imperial glass factory between 1819 and 1848 was Ivan Ivanov, who was responsible for most of the designs for coloured glass or crystal items executed for the Imperial family (N. Thon (ed.), St. Petersburg un 1800, Recklinghausen, 1990, pp. 395 and 398, no. 344).

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