• The Opulent Eye auction at Christies

    Sale 1145

    The Opulent Eye

    10 September 2013, London, King Street

  • Lot 18

    A PAIR OF FRENCH ORMOLU THREE-LIGHT WALL-APPLIQUES

    AFTER THE MODEL BY THOMIRE, LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF FRENCH ORMOLU THREE-LIGHT WALL-APPLIQUES
    AFTER THE MODEL BY THOMIRE, LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY
    Each with a ribbon-tied backplate supporting an oviform vase with female mask issuing three vine-scrolled branches with leaf-cast drip-pans and fluted nozzels, above an acorn and oak leaf branch with tassles, variously stamped to the reverse 'A' and '883'
    47 in. (119.5 cm.) high; 22½ in. (57 cm.) wide (2)


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    These wall-lights are after the celebrated model by Pierre-Philippe Thomire who delivered three pairs in 1787 for the king's gaming room at the château of Saint-Cloud. Today those wall lights are divided between the Louvre and the Petit Trianon. The model remained fashionable into the 19th century and was copied by bronziers such as Beurdeley. Exhibiting at Les Salon des industries du mobilier in 1905, the bronzier Henri Vian is listed at 5, rue de Thorigny as supplying 'bronzes et ferronnerie d'art. Reproduction d'ancien. Grand Decoration'.