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AN ITALIAN NEOCLASSIC ORMOLU-MOUNTED WHITE MARBLE THREE-BRANCH CANDELABRUM,
The original design by G. Valadier dated 1795, the Tatham Collection of Drawings (by courtesy of the Board of Trustees of the Victoria and Albert Museum) PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MRS. SYDELL BALLON AND THE ESTATE OF FREDERICK BALLON (Lot 285)
AN ITALIAN NEOCLASSIC ORMOLU-MOUNTED WHITE MARBLE THREE-BRANCH CANDELABRUM,

ATTRIBUTED TO GIUSEPPE VALADIER, ROME, CIRCA 1795, THE LAMP FITTING AND BASE OF A LATER DATE

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AN ITALIAN NEOCLASSIC ORMOLU-MOUNTED WHITE MARBLE THREE-BRANCH CANDELABRUM,
Attributed to Giuseppe Valadier, Rome, Circa 1795, the lamp fitting and base of a later date
With scrolling branches on an urn-form support, on a later plinth, repairs to arms
30 in. (76cm.) high

Lot Essay

The design for this candelabrum, executed by Giuseppe Valadier and dated 1795, is part of the Tatham Collection of drawings at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. The date on the drawing coincides with Charles H. Tatham's stay in Rome, from 1794 to 1797, during which he likely purchased the design. Tatham served as architect of the church and published works on architecture and decoration.

Luigi Valadier (1726-1785) was the most celebrated Roman metalworker of his period, numbering among his clients the Borghese, Chigi and Braschi-Onesti families, for whom he supplied finely crafted objects in a number of different fields including bronzes, furniture and pietre duri. His son Giuseppe (1762-1839) concentrated more on architectural commissions, but also supplied furniture to Pope Pius VI, Duke Luigi Braschi Onesti and Prince Camillo Borghese.
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