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A RUSSIAN ORMOLU, COBALT-BLUE AND CLEAR-GLASS TWELVE-LIGHT CHANDELIER
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A RUSSIAN ORMOLU, COBALT-BLUE AND CLEAR-GLASS TWELVE-LIGHT CHANDELIER

LATE 18TH CENTURY, IN THE MANNER OF JOHANN ZECH

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A RUSSIAN ORMOLU, COBALT-BLUE AND CLEAR-GLASS TWELVE-LIGHT CHANDELIER
Late 18th Century, In the manner of Johann Zech
The suspension chain and ring above a shaped scrolled domed canopy and ring mounted with blue-glass faceted roundels and swagged drops hung from faceted flowerheads, the central chain supporting two further similar tiers and above a central faceted baluster urn with pearled collars and repoussé floral borders to the base, the six outer chains supporting a larger pierced ring mounted with further faceted blue balls divided by bearded masks each issuing a scrolled branch with dished drip-pan and urn-form nozzle, above a berried boss finial, restorations and replacements, drilled for electricity
Approx. 70in. (178cm.) high overall, including suspension chain
41in. (104.5cm.) diameter
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In its overall design and use of distinctive cobalt-blue glass, this chandelier relates to the oeuvre of Johann Zech of St. Petersburg. A native of Geman origin, Zech, together with another artisan named Fisher, was responsible for many of the chandeliers in the Russian Imperial Palaces, most notably at Pavlosk ( A. Kuchumov, Pavlosk Palace and Park, Leningrad, 1975, pl.115). Zech's influence, was widespread, and chandeliers of closely related design were both exported and made in Sweden and the Baltic.
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