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A RUSSIAN ORMOLU-MOUNTED MALACHITE, COBALT AND COLORLESS GLASS SIX-LIGHT CHANDELIER
A RUSSIAN ORMOLU-MOUNTED MALACHITE, COBALT AND COLORLESS GLASS SIX-LIGHT CHANDELIER

CIRCA 1800

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A RUSSIAN ORMOLU-MOUNTED MALACHITE, COBALT AND COLORLESS GLASS SIX-LIGHT CHANDELIER
CIRCA 1800
With cascading faceted glass drops
45 in. (114 cm.) high, 34 in. (86.5 cm.) diameter
Provenance
Formerlly in the collection of Majorie Merriweather Post.
Sale room notice
The date line for this chandelier should read circa 1800.

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At twenty-seven, Marjorie Merriweather Post (1887-1973) inherited Postum Cereal Company and soon became the richest woman in America. In 1936, her third husband, Joseph Davies, was appointed the American Ambassador to Moscow. They spent two years in the Soviet Union during which they acquired a large collection of Imperial Russian objects that were sold through special commission shops established by the cash starved Soviet government. This elegant chandelier with its distinctive malachite bands was likely acquired at this time.

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