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    Sale 2037

    Important European Furniture, Ceramics, and Carpets

    21 November 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 147

    A PAIR OF LOUIS XVI ORMOLU TWO BRANCH WALL-LIGHTS

    CIRCA 1775

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A PAIR OF LOUIS XVI ORMOLU TWO BRANCH WALL-LIGHTS
    CIRCA 1775
    Each with an acanthus leaf-cast frieze with a central lion head flanked by two acanthus leaf-cast scrolling branches on floral garland-cast base, lion head probably associated and regilt
    21 in. (53 cm.) high, 13¼ in. (33.5 cm.) wide (2)


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    These stylish wall lights, with their distinctive flame finial, are inspired by a design for a similar wall light en flambeau traditionally attributed to the ciseleur-doreur Jean-Louis Prieur, in the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (illustrated here).

    The model evidently enjoyed great success in the 18th century, and among the examples known are three pairs in the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (illustrated in A. Sasson and G. Wilson, Decorative Arts, Los Angeles, 1986, p. 61, cat. 134) and a pair delivered to the château de Fontainebleau by the bronzier Antoine Ravrio in 1804 (illustrated in J. P. Samouyault, Pendules et bronzes d'ameublement entrés sous le Premier Empire à Fontainebleau, Paris, 1989, p. 128, cat. 93).

    A further three pairs were were sold from the collection of Président Nicolay in 1797, described as 'Trois paires de bras à trois branches chacun à gaine et flamme...'.

    Pre-Lot Text

    Design for a wall light, attributed to Jean Louis Prieur, Paris, circa 1770

    Photo courtesy of the J. Paul Getty Museum. Los Angeles