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    Sale 3786

    The Collection of Carroll Petrie & European Decorative Arts from the Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, including the Eugenia Woodward Hitt Collection

    31 March 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1113

    A SET OF FOUR LOUIS XVI ORMOLU THREE-BRANCH WALL-LIGHTS

    CIRCA 1785, MINOR VARIATIONS TO CHASING

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    A SET OF FOUR LOUIS XVI ORMOLU THREE-BRANCH WALL-LIGHTS
    CIRCA 1785, MINOR VARIATIONS TO CHASING
    Each with cornucopia issuing acanthus wrapped candle-arms surmounted by an urn with conforming scrolled foliate supports and with chain and tassel suspensions, two stamped No.15 to the upper edge of the reverse of the cornucopia, later wired for electricity, chain suspensions replaced, minor variations to casting and chasing, one pair with more burnishing to the leaves
    25 in. (63 cm.) high, 16 ½ in. (42 cm.) wide, 9 ½ in. (24 cm.) deep


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    While the cornucopia aspect of the design of these wall-lights echoes a neo-classical aesthetic, the rich scrolling arms wrapped with acanthus surmounted by an urn, reflect the avant garde goût grec designs of the 1760s and 1770s produced by influential ornemanistes. The combination of the surmounting urn motif alongside the acanthus scrolls and foliage wrapped candle arms and nozzles recall the designs of Jean-Louis Prieur, Jean-Charles Delafosse or even the later work of Phillippe Caffieri.
    Some very similar examples were sold at Christie's Paris, 6 November 2015, lot 662, at Sotheby’s New York, 28 March 1987, lot 17 and at Sotheby’s New York, 18 October 1963, lot 741.

    Provenance

    Property from the Collection of Jaime Ortiz-Patino; Sotheby's New York, 25 April 1998, lot 241.