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    Sale 7816

    Le Grand Goût - A Private European Collection

    17 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 129

    A FRENCH ELECTOPLATED FIGURAL CENTREPIECE

    BY CHRISTOFLE & CIE, PARIS, SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY

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    A FRENCH ELECTOPLATED FIGURAL CENTREPIECE
    BY CHRISTOFLE & CIE, PARIS, SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY
    Surmounted by a pierced tazza above a figural group of the Three Graces atop a domed socle and spreading oval dish with a gadrooned rim and ribbon-tied oak and ivy leaf border, set to the front and back with cartouches engraved with a 'C' on interlaced L's and to each side with scrolled-acanthus, on toupie feet, the rim stamped 'CHRISTOFLE' and the underside stamped with the company logo and numbered '1236780'
    23½ in. (60 cm.) high; 25¾ in. (65.5 cm.) wide; 19¾ in. (50 cm.) deep


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    A variation on the present centrepiece, similarly modelled with figures of the Three Graces, can be seen alongside other creations by Christofle in an engraving of one of the spectacular Imperial dinners given by Napoleon III during the 1860s (see H. Bouilhet, Christofle Silversmiths Since 1830, Paris, 1981).

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