A PAIR OF RESTAURATION ORMOLU THREE-BRANCH WALL-LIGHTS
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A PAIR OF RESTAURATION ORMOLU THREE-BRANCH WALL-LIGHTS

IN THE MANNER OF FRANÇOIS REMOND, CIRCA 1830-40

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A PAIR OF RESTAURATION ORMOLU THREE-BRANCH WALL-LIGHTS
IN THE MANNER OF FRANÇOIS REMOND, CIRCA 1830-40
Each with ribbon-tied backplate holding a flower-filled urn with a a mask flanked by satyrs each issuing a scrolling foliate candlearm ending in leaftip cast sockets above trailing oak leaves and acorns within entwined ribbons
30 ½ in. (77.5 cm.) high,18 in. (46 cm.) wide
Provenance
Consuelo Vanderbilt, Madame Jacques Balsan, hôtel Marlborough, 9 Avenue Charles-Floquet, Paris.
Nelson Bunker Hunt, Texas.
Literature
D. Alcouffe, Gilt Bronzes in the Louvre, Paris, 1993, p. 166.
L.-H. Prost, Collection de Madame et du Colonel Balsan, Paris, privately printed, 1936, plate LXXIV.
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Lot Essay

The influence of François Rémond on the design of these wall lights is evident in the inclusion of the female and satyr mask as well as the vasiform mid-section. In 1784 a pair of wall lights with such decorative elements were delivered to the Comte d'Artois for the Palais du Temple. They were invoiced originally for the large sum of 1800 livres, which was later adjusted to 1500 livres, and described as '...deux paires de bras trois branches arabesque sur un vase fond lapis enrichi de frise, tête de satire et de femme...'. A pair by Rémond similar to those sold Christie’s, New York, 20 April, 2018, lot 15 ($250,000). Further design elements on these wall lights comparable to those found on other works by Rémond are the acanthus scrolls on the arms and the fruiting basket.
For further information regarding Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan and Colonel Jacques Balsan, please refer to the catalogue note on lot 45.

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