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    Sale 7682

    IMPERIAL DESIGN From Stockholm to St Petersburg

    25 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 14

    A PAIR OF RUSSIAN ORMOLU AND AMETHYST CUT-GLASS CANDLESTICKS

    CIRCA 1830, MOSCOW

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF RUSSIAN ORMOLU AND AMETHYST CUT-GLASS CANDLESTICKS
    CIRCA 1830, MOSCOW
    Each with a trellis-cut stem supporting a stylised vine-cast nozzle, above a circular spreading base cast with stylised foliage, on turned feet, previously fitted for electricity
    12¼ in. (31 cm.) high (2)


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    These bold candlesticks have amethyst diamond-cut columns, initially a speciality of the St. Petersburg bronzesmiths Ivan Dippner and Johann Schreiber in the early 19th Century until this fashion was soon adopted by various craftsmen in Moscow in the 1830s. The current lot appears to have been produced there; they are closely related to various examples illustrated in I. Sychev, The Russian Chandeliers, Moscow, 2003, pp. 962-965, and to a pair of chandeliers by the Moscow bronzesmith P. Chizhov and now in the Hermitage, St. Petersburg (I. Sychev, Russian Bronze, Moscow, 2003, p. 172).

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