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    Sale 12455

    European Furniture & Works of Art

    6 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 102

    A RUSSIAN ORMOLU, RUBY GLASS AND CUT- GLASS TWIN-LIGHT LANTERN

    ATTRIBUTED TO JOHAN ADAM FISCHER, ST PETERSBURG, LATE 18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY

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    A RUSSIAN ORMOLU, RUBY GLASS AND CUT- GLASS TWIN-LIGHT LANTERN
    ATTRIBUTED TO JOHAN ADAM FISCHER, ST PETERSBURG, LATE 18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    The chain suspended circular tapering shade with two ormolu borders struck with feather and oak leaves, hung with beads and drops, the central stem issuing two branches with nozzles, replacements to the glass drops
    Approx. 25 in. (64 cm.) high; 15 in. (38 cm.) wide


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    Johann Adam Fischer was one of the most celebrated chandelier-makers active in St. Petersburg between circa 1780 and 1820.

    With their delicate ormolu construction hung with clear coloured glass, Fischer's chandeliers epitomise the fashion for sumptuous and glittering furnishings at the Imperial Court during the reigns of Catherine the Great, Paul I and Alexander I. However, his fame spread beyond St. Petersburg and his chandeliers were also acquired by patrons in Moscow, including Count Sheremetiev who in 1798 used one of Fischer's most unusual pieces at Ostankino Palace (I. Sychev, The Russian Chandeliers, St. Petersburg, 2003, p. 65, fig. 321).