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    Sale 7627

    Dealing in Excellence: A Celebration of Hotspur and Jeremy

    20 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 161

    A RUSSIAN ORMOLU, WHITE MARBLE, AND CUT-GLASS SIX-LIGHT CANDELABRUM

    EARLY 19TH CENTURY

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    A RUSSIAN ORMOLU, WHITE MARBLE, AND CUT-GLASS SIX-LIGHT CANDELABRUM
    EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    With central vase issuing six scrolled branches and central upright with pine-cone finial, on a fluting spreading shaft, on outscrolled greek-key tripod legs, on a canted triangular concave-sided plinth with paw feet, restorations and replacements, originally with further chains
    36 in. (91.5 cm.) high; 13 in. (33 cm.) diameter


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    This magnificent French-fashioned crystal Venus fountain candelabrum, with its golden ormolu and lily-white marble, served as a vase-garniture for a pier-table or guèridon-stand; and formed part of the eighteenth-century antique taste for Roman Etruscan columbarium vase-chambers popularised by Rome-trained architects such as Robert Adam (d.1792) and Charles Cameron (d.1812), respectively authors of The Ruins of the Palace of the Emperor Diocletian at Spalatro, 1764, and The Baths of the Romans, 1772.
    It relates to candelabra designs featured in the Oeuvres of the Parisian décorateur et dessinateur Richard de Lalonde, issued between 1780 and 1796, as well as to one illustrated in the 1792 Journal des Luxus und der Moden; and is likely to have been executed in the 1790s in the St. Petersburg workshop of Vaye. Amongst others of this basic pattern was a pair, incorporating cobalt vases from the Imperial Glassworks, formerly in the possession of Prince Paul of Yugoslavia (sold Sotheby's, Villa Demidoff, Pratolino, 24 April 1969). Related examples are illustrated in I. Sychev, The Russian Chandeliers 1760-1830, 2003, p. 48 and a closely related candelabrum with blue glass column was with Mallett in 1998.
    THE ICONOGRAPHY
    Palms, evoking lyric poetry and triumphal Apollonian festivities in honour of the sun and light god, wreath a bacchic krater-vase; while Arcadian Pans reed rings the candle-branches scrolled rainceaux to its palm-wreathed thyrsus or bacchic wand. Egyptian reeded ribbons wreath its antique-fluted baluster, whose palm-flowered altar-tripod comprises Grecian-fretted and reed-tied pilasters raised by the paws of Apollo's sacred eagle/lion griffin and a marble plinth sunk with a Venus pearled ribbon-guilloche.

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