• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7784

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    10 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 821

    A RUSSIAN ORMOLU AND PATINATED BRONZE NINE-LIGHT CHANDELIER

    EARLY 19TH CENTURY

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    A RUSSIAN ORMOLU AND PATINATED BRONZE NINE-LIGHT CHANDELIER
    EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    The foliate and star-studded ceiling rose with relief-cast Apollo masks, suspending chains and a tapering dished bowl issuing scrolled branches with circular drip-pans and nozzles, surmounted by horn- playing winged naiads, the bowl with fruited foliate decoration and pinecone boss, one horn lacking
    43½ in. (110.5 cm.) high, overall; 28½ in. (72.5 cm.) diameter


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    A distinctive feature of this chandelier is the mermaid or 'naiad', the fresh water nymph, heading the circular dish, which element can be found on a pair of vases by the bronzier Friedrich Bergenfeldt circa 1805 (ill. I. Sychev, Russian Bronze, Moscow, 2003, p.96), the original model for such pair having been supplied by the bronzier to the Imperial Hermitage in 1802. Interestingly, a vase featuring virtually identical horn-playing winged mermaids, was probably executed circa 1815 by Parisian bronzier Claude Galle (maître in 1786 and Fournisseur du Garde-Meuble under Louis XVI and the Empire) and is illustrated in H. Ottomeyer, P. Pröschel et. al., Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, vol. I, p. 365, fig. 5.12.8.

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