• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7830

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    21 January 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 105

    A SET OF SIX BRONZE AND ORMOLU FIVE-BRANCH WALL LIGHTS

    20TH CENTURY

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    A SET OF SIX BRONZE AND ORMOLU FIVE-BRANCH WALL LIGHTS
    20TH CENTURY
    Each in the form of a winged youth with lotus-leaf-cast trunk terminating in an anthemion, his arms with ormolu bracelets cast with anthemion, holding aloft a ribbon-tied floral wreath issuing four scrolled branches cast with acanthus and anthemion, with dished drip- pans and turned nozzles, the central shaft with turned nozzle and pine-cone boss, drilled for electricity
    26in.(66cm.) high (6)


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    The form of these wall appliques relates to the set delivered by Thomire-Duterne et Cie in 1809 for the chambre à coucher of the Emperor Napoleon and Le Grand Salon of the Impératrice at the Chateau de Fontainebleau, (see: J-P. Samoyault. Catalogue des Collections de Mobilier, Musée National du Chateau de Fontainebleau, Paris, 1989, vol. 1, pp. 112 and 113). A further set was delivered to the Grand Trianon in 1813 for the Cabinet Particular de l'Empereur (see D. Ledoux-Lebard, l'Inventaire du Grand Trianon, Paris, 1977, p. 150)

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    Provenance

    Anonymous sale, Christie's, London, 4 June 1992, lot 30.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR (LOTS 92-105)