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    Sale 7682

    IMPERIAL DESIGN From Stockholm to St Petersburg

    25 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 75


    CIRCA 1815

    Price Realised  


    CIRCA 1815
    The circular dish suspended by chains from a rosette with a later central scrolling snake pendant, issuing scrolling snake branches and decorated with fruiting vine, terminating in an acorn boss
    41 in. (104 cm.) high; 27 in. (69 cm.) diameter

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    This chandelier is designed in the Grecian or antique fashion popularised by C. Percier and P. Fontaine's, Recueil de decorations interieures, 1801. Its palm-leaf tazza frieze is flowered with Apollo sunflowers and its hollowed bowl evokes the festive harvest deities, Bacchus and Ceres, with a wreath of vine-entwined corn. The sunflowered frieze also features on a chandelier-tazza, surmounted by a dancing bacchante, illustrated in G. Henriot, Le Luminaire de la Renaissance au XIXème siècle, Paris, 1933, pl. 219 no. 20. Another of the latter model was sold at Christie's, London, 11-12 June 2003, lot 52.

    The present chandelier relates to various examples at Pavlovsk, and typifies the ardent fashion for opulent chandeliers in Russia in the late 18th and early 19th Century. Some of these were executed by Johann Zech, who, together with another Jonas Fischer, was responsible for many of the chandeliers in the Imperial palaces in St. Petersburg. A closely related example, with similar applied maiden figures to the glass bowl, is in the corner sitting room at Pavlovsk and is illustrated in A. Gaydamak, Russian Empire, Moscow, 2000, pp. 126-128.

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