• Sale 7422

    19th Century Furniture, Sculpture , Works of Art and Ceramics

    27 September 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 67

    A SET OF FOUR REGENCE STYLE ORMOLU TWIN-LIGHT WALL-APPLIQUES

    CAST BY HENRI VIAN, PARIS, LAST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A SET OF FOUR REGENCE STYLE ORMOLU TWIN-LIGHT WALL-APPLIQUES
    CAST BY HENRI VIAN, PARIS, LAST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
    Each with shell crest above a scrolled acanthus-cast bracket supporting scrolled acanthus branches terminating in gadrooned drip-pans and urn-shaped nozzles, with vine terminal, signed H. Vian to the reverse
    20¼ in. (50.4 cm.) high; 15 5/8 in. (39.6 cm.) wide (4)


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    The Parisian bronzier Henry Vian specalised exclusively in gilt-bronze, especially light fittings, and produced articles of the highest quality, so much so that the style of his casting and gilding can often be mistaken for earlier work. The firm's ateliers were located in the hôtel Salé (now the Musée Picasso) on the rue de Thorigny in the Marais.

    The pentagonal Château Saint-Fargeau was built in 1453 by Antoine Chabannes on the site of a much earlier fortress. It is perhaps best known for its occupancy two hundred years later by the wealthy Anne-Marie Louise d'Orléans, 'La Grande Madamoiselle', first cousin of Louis XIV exiled there for five years. In 1715 the château was acquired by Michel Robert Lepeletier, in whose family it remained until 1968.

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    Provenance

    Château de Saint-Fargeau, Puisaye, Bourgogne.