• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 2203

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe Including Carpets from The Corcoran Gallery of Art

    24 November 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 239

    A PAIR OF EMPIRE PATINATED-BRONZE AND ORMOLU EIGHT-LIGHT CANDELABRA

    PROBABLY RUSSIAN, EARLY 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF EMPIRE PATINATED-BRONZE AND ORMOLU EIGHT-LIGHT CANDELABRA
    PROBABLY RUSSIAN, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    Each with four upper scrolled branches above four lower, acanthus-cast branches, on a miniature athenienne stand, all supported by a female figure on a verde antico marble plinth base
    45¾ in. (116 cm.) high, 17 in. (43 cm.) wide (2)


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    Designed to dazzle with their towering height, this pair of spectacular Russian candelabra far exceed the size of most of the French models on which they were based. Other distinctive traits are the use of eccentric decorative elements, such as the figures supporting the bobèches, as well as the general openess of the design. This is especially evident when compared to the more compact -- and stable seeming -- French prototypes.

    These candelabra relate to many other Russian candelabra of the Empire period. There is a closely related pair, with identical patinated-bronze female figures supporting leaf-entwined candle arms illustrated in K. A. Solovlev, Russian Decorative Arts of the XVIII-XIX Centuries, Moscow, 1950, no. 167.

    Their monumental scale and the layered design of the candle arms also relates to a pair of French Empire candelabra in the Egyptian taste sold Sotheby's, New York, 20 May 1989, lot 159 ($88,000).

    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR (LOT 239)