10 September 2013
A NAPOLEON III ELECTROPLATED CENTREPIECE, TITLED 'CORBEILLE LOUIS XIV, DEUX COQUILLES, TRITONS ET DAUPHINS'
BY CHRISTOFLE & CIE., PARIS, CIRCA 1867/1868
The oval plateau cast with two scallop shell dishes, an amorial shield to front and back flanked by sea monsters, centred to each side by a cherubic triton with bifurcating tail, the raised central socle supporting two putti emblematic of orfèvrerie within an acanthus cast harp-shaped support beneath a pierced gadrooned bowl, stamped 'CHRISTOFLE' and numbered '617486'
27¾ in. (70.5 cm.) high; 26 in. (66 cm.) wide; 16½ in. (42 cm.) deep
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The Musée et des Archives Christofle records that this centrepiece was titled 'Corbeille Louis XIV, deux coquilles, tritons et dauphins' and made in 1867/1868.
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