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    Sale 7611

    Furniture, Sculpture and Carpets

    11 September 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 128

    A RUSSIAN ORMOLU AND GREEN GLASS SIX-LIGHT CHANDELIER

    EARLY 19TH CENTURY, RESTORATIONS

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    A RUSSIAN ORMOLU AND GREEN GLASS SIX-LIGHT CHANDELIER
    EARLY 19TH CENTURY, RESTORATIONS
    The circular floral-cast corona with lotus finials, suspending lozenge-shaped chain cast with masks, the conformingly-cast rims holding a green glass disc with a pine-cone boss and surmounted by cherubs on horseback, the scrolling branches with shaped drip-pans and beaded nozzles, both the corona and ring possibly adapted and with consequential replacements, regilt
    34 in. (86.5 cm.) high; 31 in. (79 cm.) diameter


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    This elegant chandelier relates to the work of Andrei Schreiber, a German bronzier, who came to St. Petersburg from Yuriev in the 1790s. In the St. Petersburg Gazette of 5 October 1809, Schreiber advertised his works, which included 'lustres, lamps for the wall, the table and with shades, candlesticks, candelabra, vases, fireplace items and other bronze articles of furnishing' (I. Sychev, Russian Bronze, Moscow, 2002, pp. 94-95). Schreiber received various commissions from the Imperial family, which resulted in his appointment as Bronzier de la Cour de S.M.I. He was one of the principal craftsmen employed for the redecoration of Pavlovsk in 1815-1816. The rose-bud band of this chandelier is very similar to that on an ormolu gueridon in the Corner Drawing Room, which is illustrated in E. Ducamp, Pavlovsk, The Palace and the Park, Paris, 1993, pp. 166-167.

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